CSRA-led team wins $7.6B Defense Enterprise Office Solutions Cloud contract
On August 29, the U.S. General Services Administration and U.S. Department of Defense announced the award of the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA), which is built on the Microsoft O365 platform, to CSRA LLC and its Contractor Teaming Partners Dell Marketing L.P. and Minburn Technology Group LLC.
DEOS represents an enterprise based set of capabilities that include: productivity tools such as word processing and spreadsheets, email, collaboration, file sharing, and storage. DEOS will be used to replace legacy DOD IT office applications with a standard cloud-based solution across all military services.
“DOD’s cloud strategy includes both general purpose and fit-for-purpose clouds. DEOS is a great example of a fit-for-purpose cloud that supports our multi-cloud strategy,” said DOD Chief Information Officer Dana Deasy. “DEOS will streamline our use of cloud email and collaborative tools while enhancing cybersecurity and information sharing based on standardized needs and market offerings.”
“The journey to the cloud has been, and will continue to be, an iterative learning process,” Deasy continued. “All lessons learned from pilot programs and the department’s early cloud adopters have been rolled into this solution. DEOS takes advantage of technical, security and contractual lessons from these ongoing pilots, while military services are leveraging them to assess the readiness of their infrastructure to support migration to DEOS,” said Deasy.
“The Marine Corps looks forward to the promise and substantial benefits that DEOS presents with its capabilities. We are hopeful that it will supply the ability to operate within the disconnected, degraded, intermittent and low bandwidth (DDIL) environments that are anticipated in 21st century conflicts,” said Deputy Director Kenneth Bible, Command, Control, Communications, and Computers (C4) Department Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps.
“The Marine Corps continues to forge a path with our DDIL pilot, shaping the services’ strategies for DEOS to more closely align with current technological trends and advancements as cloud continues to be the industry standard,” said Bible.
The DOD CIO and Defense Information Systems Agency have worked closely with GSA to reduce duplicative efforts across the department, such as Defense Enterprise Email and other Service-Centric Email systems, simplify contract administration, and reduce associated costs by using GSA’s IT Schedule 70 contract vehicle to deliver the latest in commercial cloud technology with an innovative and efficient solution for office applications.
“DEOS demonstrates our shared commitment to maximizing the buying power of the entire federal government,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy. “It will bring cost savings and help DOD easily share mission-critical information across all military services while enhancing cybersecurity and reducing costs. GSA is proud that DOD chose to partner with us on IT modernization and leverage the GSA Schedules.”
The Office of Management and Budget outlined a Cloud Smart Strategy, which establishes a new blueprint for federal agencies to easily adopt cloud solutions. This effort is consistent with the President’s Management Agenda and will run in close alignment with the DEOS acquisition strategy.
DOD estimates the value of the DEOS BPA at $7.6 billion over a 10-year period, which includes a five-year base period with two two-year options and one one-year option.