By PEO EIS Public Affairs
The Army has established two Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) to provide email, collaboration, information sharing and mobile access through commercial cloud services. The BPAs are intended for use by organizations unable to participate in Defense Enterprise Email (DEE), including portions of the Army Recruiting Command and the Army Corps of Engineers. Through the agreements, Dell Federal Systems, LP, will provide a solution based on Microsoft Office 365, and DLT Solutions, LLC, will provide a Google Apps for Government solution. The agreements also provide users with document storage, enterprise content management and unified capabilities. There is also an option for records management and digitally signed and encrypted email.
Led by the Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) program office within the Program Executive Office Enterprise Information Systems (PEO EIS), the agreements were competed against the existing General Services Administration (GSA) Email as a Service (EaaS) agreements. The competition enables the Army to build on the past efforts of GSA, enhancing terms and unique Department of Defense (DOD) security requirements, while maximizing the buying power of the DOD for current and future requirements. The agreements were developed in coordination with the Army Chief Information Officer (CIO/G-6) and DOD Enterprise Software Initiative, and will maintain identity management as a government function, leveraging the existing Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) solution.
The award of the base agreement and initial order is the first critical step toward meeting the DOD Cloud Computing Strategy goal of using commercial cloud services in the Department's multi-provider enterprise cloud environment. The contract has a one year base period with four one-year options. Additional information about the agreements will be published on the CHESS website (https://chess.army.mil) as it becomes available.
Ms. Ellyn Kocher
PEO EIS Public Affairs
Posted October 21, 2013