Doan eyes EAGLE
- By Matthew Weigelt
- Oct 25, 2006
Lurita Doan, administrator of the General Services Administration, said Tuesday that she will consider talking to the Homeland Security Department about its enterprisewide information technology contract once her schedule slows down.
It would be at least the fourth major governmentwide acquisition contract to come into Doan's crosshairs. She has already urged the Office of Federal Procurement Policy not to approve a new iteration of NASA’s Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement, and several sources have said that GSA will soon take the Commerce Information Technology Solutions (COMMITS) contract away from the Commerce Department.
She also has urged the Treasury Department to kill the Treasury Communications Enterprise contract, but that was a battle that had been under way long before the White House picked Doan to head GSA.
After her keynote speech Tuesday at the 2007 Homeland Security Outlook Conference, Doan said her busy schedule has so far kept her from looking closely at DHS's Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions (EAGLE) contract. FirstSource, another DHS contract, also interests her, she said. FirstSource is an access point to a wide variety of commercial catalogs for IT commodity products.
“I am looking at all GWACs to see is this actually how we want to have our taxpayers spend their money,” she said.
EAGLE contracts have a five-year base with two one-year options for renewal, for a total estimated value of $45 billion. The vehicle establishes a departmentwide acquisition program for IT services in five functional areas: infrastructure engineering design, development, implementation and integration; operations and maintenance; independent test, validation, verification and evaluation; software development; and management support services.
Doan was asked about COMMITS last week after a speech, but she only said Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez is business-savvy enough to make the right decision.
“We want to do things that make sense to everybody,” she said.
Doan said she is opposed to having too many governmentwide acquisition contracts throughout the departments.