GSA, 18F award first series of agile software contracts
August 28, 2015
New "agile marketplace" blanket purchase agreement marks a key step toward teaming with vendors for faster software development.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
The Defense Information Systems Agency and General Services Administration awarded the Custom Satellite Communications Solutions contract to eight business on Friday.
The contract is part of the Future Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATACOM) Services Acquisition program. These awards expand the common marketplace for commercial satellite communications services under the Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) program by adding additional sources for end-to-end solutions to currently available offerings in transponded capacity (bandwidth), and pre-defined subscription services.
"The FCSA program demonstrates how GSA’s focus on collaboration with our customers has led to a solution that makes it easier and more affordable for federal agencies to get secure satellite services on an as-needed basis. This award expands the options available to federal agencies while reducing government costs,” said GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Acting Commissioner Mary Davie. “We continue to see the great benefits of combining DISA and GSA acquisition expertise and experience to deliver a lower cost option to federal agencies that need to purchase mission-critical satellite services. “
The CS2 contracts have five year contract period (three base years with two, one-year option) and ceiling of $2.6 billion. Awards for the companion CS2-SB small business contracts for smaller scale end-to-end solutions and professional satellite support services were made earlier this year.
CS2 awardees are: Americom Government Services, Inc., ARTEL, Inc.; DRS Technical Services, Inc.; Hughes Network Systems, Inc.; Intelsat General Corporation; Segovia, Inc.; Telecommunication Systems, Inc; and Vizada, Inc.