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GSA seeks .gov TLD management solutions

General Services Administration officials are looking for ways to keep its .gov program adaptable to evolving uses of the Internet and its domain system..

GSA released a request for information to learn about solutions, best practices, and on-going approaches to perform all aspects of top-level domain (TLD) Internet registration service for federal, state, local governments through the agency’s secure website DOTGOV.gov

The GSA has been managing registrations for the .gov domain since it was delegated to the agency by the National Science Foundation in 1997.

Prospective  solutions should include electronic processing of requests, an electronic payment processing mechanism that collects payments, and a function that provides ad hoc reporting to GSA. Helpdesk support, a Domain Name Service Security program, and a secure database to store and manage important information retrieved during the registration process are also requested.

As GSA officials see it, the solution would build upon the existing .gov framework and would require a zone file of approximately 5,000 to 6,000 active, second-level domain registrations. They also want a solution that is scalable, because they anticipate an annual 5-percent growth of registrations and data. For a five-year contract, the overall growth would reach an estimated 25 percent.

Responses are due by March 23.

This article originally appeared on WashingtonTechnology, a sister site to GCN.

Posted by GCN Staff on Mar 12, 2015 at 2:36 PM


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