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GSA and DISA Form Satellite Communications Partnership

New Contracts Streamline Essential Services

GSA #10616

August 6, 2009
Contact: Bob Lesino, (202) 501-1231
robert.lesino@gsa.gov
 

WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration and the Defense Information Systems Agency are creating a common marketplace for commercial satellite communication services offering significant savings to defense and civilian agencies, as well as state, local and tribal governments.
 
GSA’s multiple award schedules and indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts will be used and the value is expected to exceed $5 billion over 10 years.
 
“This innovative partnership will provide customers with a single platform for accessing critical communications services,” said GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner James A. Williams.  “This will result in significant savings for taxpayers.”
 
Lt. Gen. Carroll F. Pollett, Director of DISA, and Williams signed a memorandum of agreement July 28 to combine acquisition efforts in this area.
 
“Why manage separate contract vehicles that offer essentially the same services when we can combine forces?” said Tony Montemarano, DISA’s Component Acquisition Executive.
 
The federal government increasingly relies on commercial satellite communications to provide essential, secure communications to disaster recovery teams, domestic emergency responders, and the war fighter.  Services are also used to support distance learning and remote access to global government networks.
 
After exploring the possibility of merging acquisitions, DISA and GSA ultimately sealed the deal to ensure a common marketplace for satisfying the majority of the federal government’s future commercial satellite communication requirements. DISA and GSA are committed to President Obama’s agenda for cooperation among federal organizations.
 

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Did You Know? GSA manages the federal relay contract which provides nationwide telecommunications relay service for the hearing and/or speech impaired?
 
DISA, a Combat Support Agency, engineers and provides command and control capabilities and enterprise infrastructure to continuously operate and assure a global net-centric enterprise in direct support to joint warfighters, National level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of operations.