The General Services Administration (GSA) is collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to add a Special Item Number (SIN) for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Tools to Schedule 70. This will allow agencies access to network monitoring products and services to safeguard federal networks. The new SIN will replace a large GSA Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for CDM Tools and Continuous Monitoring as a Service that expires on August 11, 2018.
GSA is working closely with DHS since the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) delegated DHS authority to oversee and assist cybersecurity initiatives across the government. As part of this effort, GSA awarded the CDM BPA to 16 contractors in 2013. The BPA consists of 15 Tool Functional Areas and 11 Service Task Areas. Presently, there are approximately 170,000 products from around 150 manufacturers available on the BPA. BPA sales to-date are in excess of $650 million.
In March 2017, GSA issued a Request for Information (RFI) to gather input from industry regarding the proposed CDM SIN and to gain a better understanding of what CDM Tools are commercially available. The RFI noted that the CDM Tools SIN is replacing the current BPA in order to:
- Establish a government-wide solution to provide a consistent set of CDM tools;
- Enhance a contractors’ ability to bring new and innovative solutions;
- Improve access to the best available technology and improve the flexibility of the program;
- Streamline the requirements from 15 Tool Functional Areas (TFAs) to 5 subcategories; and,
- Establish and maintain a list of approved CDM products with a mechanism to qualify new products against the CDM requirements and add products to an Approved Product List (APL).
GSA shared feedback on the RFI with industry at a CDM Tools Industry Day held on April 17, 2017. RFI responses reflected that 72% of respondents agreed there was a need for the SIN. Additionally, 52% of RFI respondents were currently on the on CDM BPA. The general consensus is that the proposed SIN offering is properly formulated and covers the intent in streamlining how CDM tools are sold.
GSA anticipates that the CDM Tools SIN draft solicitation will be posted to GSA Interact in June 2017 and plans to include the requirements to add the SIN to the GSA IT70 solicitation by early this summer. Offerors proposing the new CDM SIN will be eligible to participate in GSA’s FASt Lane initiative.
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