The United States General Services Administration (GSA) wants to install a civilian version of the $8-billion dollar cloud services contract called DEOS (Defense Enterprise Office Solution) approved by the Department of Defense (DoD) that combines email, content management, file storage, productivity tools, web conferencing, instant messaging, and mobility capabilities among others.
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Alan Thomas, commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, said that the coming Civilian Enterprise Office Solution (CEOS) is still in the “early stages” of development. The vehicle will look to leverage similar cloud efficiencies for email and other applications for federal agencies.
Thomas said the idea came directly from plans for the Defense Enterprise Office Solution contract. DEOS was launched by the Defense Information Systems Agency. That acquisition, envisioned as an office systems counterpart to the warfighting cloud program Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, is being conducted under GSA’s Schedule 70.
“The federal CIOs offices said, ‘Hey, we ought to do something similar for civilian,'” Thomas said in a keynote at the BMC Exchange event in Washington D.C. on May 7. [FCW was the media partner for this event.]
“CEOS won’t be a carbon copy of DEOS,” Thomas told FCW in an interview after his presentation. “You’re not going to get every agency in the federal government on one email system, but we could do some standardization and create some efficiencies there.” “We’re early. I haven’t mapped it out yet,” he said. “Obviously, it won’t be on the same timeline as DEOS.”
GSA released the final solicitation for DEOS in late April. With that contract, DISA plans to move some 3.1 million end users to a cloud-based environment that will be used for both classified and unclassified communications.