GSA selects Booz Allen for cloud, open source project

Ashley Skyrme
Ashley Skyrme

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has selected Booz Allen Hamilton to help the GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FSA) Office of Integrated Award Environment (IAE) enhance the government’s contract award and acquisition process.

“Our depth of expertise and close industry partnerships make Booz Allen uniquely suited for any Federal agency using open source cloud platforms”

Under terms of the five-year, $64.5 million contract, Booz Allen will develop a Cloud Service Broker (CSB) solution for the GSA’s IAE office. Specifically, Booz Allen will design, develop, implement and operate a single, Common Services platform that will provide future IAE core applications with hosting, search, database and data store, reports, visualization, identity and access management (IAM) and application programming interface (API) management.

The contract advances the GSA’s commitment to cloud and open source solutions to help federal agencies improve service and reduce costs. In this case, Booz Allen will help the GSA apply cloud and open-source solutions across the FSA’s entire acquisition life cycle. Federal agencies looking to acquire goods and services, external contractors bidding for and securing contracts will enjoy a faster, more streamlined service.

“To be selected by the GSA for this important transformation is a testament to Booz Allen’s cloud and open source expertise,” said Ashley Skyrme, vice president, Booz Allen Hamilton. “We brought together the right team and partners to provide market leading technology and expertise from the private sector, and demonstrate by example how a cloud service broker solution can help Federal agencies fulfill their mission.”

The win builds upon Booz Allen Hamilton’s longstanding support of the federal government’s cloud computing initiatives and its commitment to providing open source solutions. The firm works with government clients to leverage the cloud for a variety of mission challenges, from cloud data strategies to cloud policy consulting and cloud security audits and services.

“The GSA is leading by example,” remarked Munjeet Singh, principal, Booz Allen Hamilton. “Over time, the open source, cloud environment supporting the GSA’s acquisition process will inspire other Federal agencies to apply the same approach.”

Booz Allen Hamilton has a history of leveraging industry-leading open source solutions for its cloud broker and management frameworks. The Company also closely partners with cloud vendors and open source platform providers including RedHat, Docker, Talend and Amazon Web Services.

“Our depth of expertise and close industry partnerships make Booz Allen uniquely suited for any Federal agency using open source cloud platforms,” said Jarid Cottrell, senior technologist, Booz Allen Hamilton.

Compared to proprietary development, building via open source platforms allows Booz Allen to collaborate with their clients and create software that it is relevant, scalable and cost effective.