Lauren Williams, cyber & defense reporter at FCW, and Billy Mitchell, editor of FedScoop, discuss the reasons behind moving the Defense Enterprise Office Solution to GSA Schedule 70, and why this might be in response to issues with the JEDI procurement.
The Department of Defense’s back office cloud plan is going through some changes. The solicitation for the Defense Enterprise Office Solution is moving from the Defense Information Systems Agency to the General Services Administration’s Schedule 70. Lauren Williams, cyber & defense reporter at FCW, says that the Pentagon is looking for speed above all else with this contract. “In a meeting with reporters last week, DoD officials made it very, very clear that they are trying to get through the solicitation process very quickly,” Williams said. “Once the integration efforts are underway after the award is made to kind of push through so the capabilities that are pushed through to the services and the Pentagon at large.” Billy Mitchell, editor of FedScoop, says that the DEOS acquisition process seems to be a direct counterpoint to the controversial JEDI selection. “Maybe DoD took some lumps in the JEDI process. They took a lot of criticism from the industry in the way they handled that and I think what they are doing now with DEOS is a response to that. Maybe if DoD CIO Dana Deasy was here earlier maybe they would’ve done JEDI this way,” Mitchell said. “In moving it over to GSA at this point, GSA has a proven and tried and true way of buying things from the IT private sector through schedule 70. They are really opening things up.”