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FCW : May 15, 2015
Trending Internet of Things devices are projected to be in use by the end of this decade 5 billion 6 May 15, 2015 FCW.COM INK TANK The General Services Administration has received more than 1,600 com- ments and questions from industry and federal agencies concerning its draft request for proposals on the contract that will be the corner- stone of its next-gener- ation Network Services 2020 telecommunica- tions strategy. GSA released the draft RFP on Feb. 28 for the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract, which requires potential con- tractors to cover four mandatory services: virtual private networks, managed net- works, regional telecom and Ethernet. The comment period for the document closed March 31. In an April 15 email message to FCW, a GSA spokesperson said the agency had received 1,215 questions/ comments from 15 companies and 405 questions/comments from government agencies. Managers of the contract said in a conference call in early March that they expected a variety of vendors to be interested in bidding on the $50 billion, 15-year vehicle, and they anticipated a competitive battle. Fred Haines, EIS pro- gram manager in GSA’s Office of Network Ser- vices Programs, said during the call that the draft RFP was devel- oped with significant industry and agency input, and it sought to widen the playing field in a number of ways, including reducing geographic network coverage require- ments for providers. Potential bidders won’t need to have the vast network infrastructure of a traditional telecom company to par- ticipate, he added. The agency said it expects to issue the final RFP in July and to award the EIS contract by the end of fiscal 2016. — Mark Rockwell The Department of Homeland Secu- rity’s Science and Technology Direc- torate has expanded its mobile app- vetting and archiving capability to cover all major app markets. S&T officials said in a statement that their technology can now archive apps from iTunes, Windows Phone Store, Google Play, Amazon and 83 global third-party mobile app markets, including Baidu and Cydia. Officials said the expansion is part of the Cyber Security Division’s app-archiving program, which DHS launched in 2013 with George Mason University and commercial provider Kryptowire to help the government quickly vet and inventory mobile apps. In December 2014, Kryptowire and the university launched the program’s first phase, which archived Android smartphone apps and integrated exist- ing app-vetting capabilities to help analysts understand changes over an app’s lifespan. Kryptowire has commercialized the technology’s second phase, which has archived more than 2.4 million free apps and the top 200 paid apps at four major app stores. The technology has the capability to archive additional mobile apps on demand. DHS planned to showcase the tech- nology at the RSA Conference in San Francisco in April, along with other DHS-funded technologies that are ready to transition into the market- place. DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson gave a keynote address at the event about evolving cybersecurity threats and his agency’s strategies for address- ing them. — Mark Rockwell DHS covers vetting for all major mobile apps NS2020 sparks a deluge of questions 1,215 questions/comments were received by GSA from 15 companies 405 questions/comments were received by GSA from government agencies 0515fcw_003-010.indd 6 4/22/15 8:57 AM
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