State Department awards cloud-based video collaboration contract

The State Department is moving some of its video collaboration services to the cloud.

The agency tapped software company Watchitoo, Inc. July 2 for a multi-year contract to provide a secure video service in support of the department’s global interactive communication programs. The contract was awarded through the General Services Administration’s IT Schedule 70, according to a press release issued by Watchitoo. 

“We’re honored to support the important global communication initiatives of the U.S. State Department,” Dori Gurwitz, Watchitoo’s vice president of sales and partnerships, said in a release. “Government agencies have used online video for years to facilitate one-way communication to various audiences. However, with the growth in remote workforces and global audiences’ appetite for two-way communication using online video, government agencies need a better and more scalable way to support them.”


Watchitoo is a cloud-based, software-as-a-service platform that touts fast deployment speeds. According to the release, the software can be configured and activated in a matter of hours, saving time by eliminating the need of an IT administrator to manage detailed configuration.

The provider also allows its video services to be integrated and embedded into any website, which, according to Watchitoo’s release, will allow agencies to make video collaboration part of their current websites.

The State Department could not be reached for comment before publication time. 

Jake Williams

Written by Jake Williams

Jake Williams is a Staff Reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop. At StateScoop, he covers the information technology issues and events at state and local governments across the nation. In the past, he has covered the United States Postal Service, the White House, Congress, cabinet-level departments and emerging technologies in the unmanned aircraft systems field for FedScoop. Before FedScoop, Jake was a contributing writer for Campaigns & Elections magazine. He has had work published in the Huffington Post and several regional newspapers and websites in Pennsylvania. A northeastern Pennsylvania native, Jake graduated magna cum laude from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, or IUP, in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and a minor in political science. At IUP, Jake was the editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper, The Penn, and the president of the university chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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