Risk Management Framework (RMF) Services
The Administration requires federal agencies to dynamically manage their cybersecurity at an enterprise level. To support this effort, GSA offers Risk Management Framework (RMF) services Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) through 14 industry partners with pre-competed pricing.
The framework considers effectiveness, efficiency, and constraints required by applicable laws, directives, Executive Orders, policies, standards, or regulations. RMF is a mandated element of FISMA compliance (see the reference section below).
How to order
1. Determine that your work is in scope
Review the BPA modification in the Risk Management Framework Ordering Guide (Word, 1340 KB, Rev. 12/2012) for the BPA's full scope. During this phase, you must also determine your current systems' complexity.
Use the RMF Service request package (Excel, 39 KB). This Excel workbook takes you tab-by-tab to a better understanding of how to use the RMF BPA, and ensures that you don't miss any critical steps.
Table of Security Deliverables and References helps ordering activities understand and identify which CLIN(s) to include on their solicitation (Word, 780 KB).
2. Prepare the statement of work (SOW)
Draft your requirements in accordance with your system assessment. Use the ordering procedures in FAR 8.405-2 for a list of what you must include.
3. Prepare the request for quotations (RFQ)
Follow your agency’s procedures for preparing an RFQ and follow any internal policies for acquiring IT services. Develop and state your evaluation criteria.
All orders must be fixed-price.
4. Issue the request for quotations (RFQ)
Below $3,000. If your order is below the micro-purchase threshold, you can place orders with any BPA holder that can meet your needs. Try to distribute orders among the BPA holders.
Between $3,000 and $150,000. If your order is between the micro-purchase threshold and the simplified acquisition threshold, provide the RFQ to at least three BPA holders according to FAR 405-2. (If you don't, you must document exceptions according to FAR 8.405-6.)
Above $150,000. If your order is more than the simplified acquisition threshold, provide the RFQ to all BPA holders that meet your requirements. You must also seek a price reduction.
5. Evaluate responses
Evaluate all responses received using the evaluation criteria you specified in the RFQ. See FAR 8.405-2(d) for more guidance. Select the BPA holder that represents the best value.
6. Award the task order
Award the task order and document who you awarded it to, what was purchased, and the pricing. Include the BPA number, BPA holder's name, and Schedule contract number on all orders.
More information about each awardee, including points of contact, is available in the Risk Management Framework Ordering Guide (Word, 1340 KB, Rev. 12/2012).
Here are the 14 RMF BPA awardees, linked to their nongovernment websites.
- Apptis, Inc.
- Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc.
- Deloitte Consulting, LLP
- DSD Laboratories, Inc.
- G&B Solutions, Inc.
- Global Network Systems, Inc.
- Kadix Systems, LLC
- Knowledge Consulting Group, Inc.
- Securicon LLC
- SecureInfo Corporation
- Tantus Technologies, Inc.
- Telos Corporation
- Tetrad Digital Integrity
- Veris Group, LLC
Ceiling: $58 million
Period of performance: June 10, 2011 to June 9, 2014
Solicitation number: eBuy RFQ #465145 (QTA-0-10-FK-B-0001)
Aligned with federal cybersecurity guidance and commercial best practices
The RMF BPA aligns with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) requirements, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) guidance, and the DHS National Infrastructure Protection Plan. Learn more on the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) website.
Available to all government customers
Federal, state, local, and tribal government organizations can use the RMF BPA.
The RMF BPA features lower prices than you can find on IT Schedule 70.
Guidance, Policy and References
- DHS Risk Management Framework (RMF) Certification and Accreditation Service Offerings
- NIST Special Publication 800-37 - Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework (RMF) to Federal Information Systems Revision 1 (PDF, 250 KB)
- NIST offers online RMF Training
- NIST's Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations (NIST 800-53) (PDF, 4.20 MB)