GSA wants cloud and agility with COMET

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The General Services Administration is looking to transform tech at the Federal Acquisition Service's with cloud platforms and agile development.

GSA's CIO Modernization and Enterprise Transformation (COMET) request for information issued on Nov. 21 focuses on the agile development and the cloud platform model to help transform business services at FAS. According to the RFI, the agency is planning a single architectural and programmatic service contract, as well as a multiple award, blanket purchase agreement contract for app maintenance, enhancement and transformation services.

COMET is a recompete of GSA'S CAMEO contract that supports the main IT environment at FAS, encompassing GSA Global Supply, Multiple Award Schedules, Personal Property Management, Travel, Fleet, Purchase Card Services, and Integrated Technology programs.

GSA has been working with industry to develop a flexible agile, cloud-based approach to COMET. It held an industry day for the developing contract in August.

The RFI provides more detail about how GSA wants to execute COMET. The agency said its CIO Office of Acquisition IT Services will work with industry to accelerate development and deployment of applications, but also wants industry innovation and implementation of "cloud ready" solutions that can be immediately, or eventually ported to cloud-based infrastructure or platforms as a service that don't require a lot of architecture redesign.

The agency wants the BPA to support agile delivery services, including IT management and governance, business process analysis, user-centered design, agile solution architecture and design, agile application development and configuration, analytics, integration, and DevOps using the agency's IT Schedule 70 or other IT government wide acquisition contracts.

GSA didn't provide an estimated contract value in the RFI, but task orders to Leidos and Alliant Solutions Partners under CAMEO had a combined ceiling value of more than $168 million, according to GovWin data. At the GSA industry day last August, agency officials stressed the new CAMEO contract would focus on "true digital transformation" as opposed to the "replatforming of siloed applications" and help FAS customers realign their development and legacy spending.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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