GSA awards Gartner IT LOB contract

The General Services Administration has awarded the Gartner Group a $22 million contract to develop metrics under the Information Technology Infrastructure and Optimization Line of Business effort.

Under the one-year contract with four one-year options, the company will collect and analyze data to set baseline performance measures that will allow agencies to optimize their networks’ and data centers’ performance, a GSA spokeswoman said.

Gartner will initially focus on developing metrics for desktop PCs and then move to telecommunications and data centers in the contract’s out years.

The contract comes after more than a year of work under the LOB. GSA first released a request for information in April 2006 and then a request for proposals in February through the Mission Oriented Business Integrated Services Federal Supply Schedule.

The Office of Management and Budget found that agencies spend about $22 billion a year on desktop computers, telecom and data centers, and there is no governmentwide standard for these initiatives. OMB also found that governmentwide infrastructure costs cannot be easily calculated.

David Perara, research director at Government Insights, said a recent report by his firm pegs the government’s costs savings goal of 20 percent to 30 percent as optimistic.

“To meet the challenge of reducing total cost of ownership, the government will struggle to clearly define the baseline service and identify all the costs associated with the service descriptions,” Perara wrote in the report. “The baseline service must include the current level of service being provided along with the associated resources. Often, resources can be shared, unidentifiable, or difficult to define within existing tracking systems.”

Featured

  • Defense
    Ryan D. McCarthy being sworn in as Army Secretary Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo credit: Sgt. Dana Clarke/U.S. Army)

    Army wants to spend nearly $1B on cloud, data by 2025

    Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said lack of funding or a potential delay in the JEDI cloud bid "strikes to the heart of our concern."

  • Congress
    Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) at the Hack the Capitol conference Sept. 20, 2018

    Jim Langevin's view from the Hill

    As chairman of of the Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committe and a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rhode Island Democrat Jim Langevin is one of the most influential voices on cybersecurity in Congress.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.