Integrated Award Environment (IAE)

The Integrated Award Environment is a Presidential E-Government initiative managed by GSA. We use innovative processes and technologies to improve systems and operations for those who award, administer, or receive federal financial assistance (i.e.; grants, loans), contracts, and intergovernmental transactions.

Here you will learn about how GSA manages its current suite of federal award systems and its flight path to migrate key features of those systems into one, streamlined environment.


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The IAE Digest is the IAE Program Management Office's (PMO's) quarterly newsletter. Published quarterly since FY14, The IAE Digest provides key leadership, program, and system updates. 

Anyone who wants to read prior editions of The IAE Digest or contribute content for future publications may do so on the IAE Digest Quarterly Newsletter page.

The current edition of the newsletter can be downloaded below [PDF, 1.43MB]. 

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The IAE melds the cloud, open source technologies, security, agile programming, and a DevOps deployment model to create the award management platform of the future.

The IAE is a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) enabling federal agencies and others to develop, run, and manage awards management applications using IAE infrastructure and data.

Behind the PaaS platform is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform offering identity management, data, and hosting options for IAE applications.

The open source technology stack powering the IAE means no vendor lock-in for technologies or contractors. The same open source technologies behind the IAE power some of the most popular highly-trafficked commercial websites.

Security is a foundation of the IAE. The Open Source Framework now and will continue to be so in the future. The IAE is building out its security infrastructure using leading security solutions including Nessus, a security vulnerability scanner, standard across multiple industries.

An IAE software development kit (SDK) and application programming interfaces (APIs) will enable federal and private organizations to jump start development of IAE applications. In fact, these organizations may learn how to use APIs to build their own systems with certain IAE system data by visiting the openIAE site on GitHub (Note: This link goes to a nongovernment website). 

IAE developers are adopting agile programming and DevOps practices to iterate on new features and deploy them to the IAE production systems under aggressive timelines.

The awards management community will be able to use the IAE to gain transparency into a growing amount of federal government acquisitions data they can use to be even more successful in their business and operational pursuits.


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The following section explains the scope and magnitude of the current IAE systems through FY14:

  • The IAE systems have at least 3.4 million users; In SAM alone, there are 1.8 million entity management records of which 538,000 are active registrants.
  • More than $1 Trillion in federal assistance and awards in 3.3 million transactions were reported in IAE systems, comprising:
    • $589 Billion in grants;
    • $445 Billion in contracts; and
    • $6 Billion in loans.
  • More than 500 million hits or page views per month within the IAE systems, including an average of almost 1.25 million searches each week in SAM alone.
  • Nearly every federal government transaction above the micro-purchase threshold and every federal financial assistance is reported through the systems managed by the IAE.

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Last Reviewed 2015-11-30