GSA, DoD Announce SmartBUY Agreement with Point One/Meridio
December 18, 2007
GSA # 10435
Contact: Dirk Fillpot, (202) 501-2699
WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced today a government-wide SmartBUY agreement with Point One, providing Meridio Enterprise Data and Records Management (EDRM) Software. The agreement provides significant savings on Meridio server licenses, server maintenance, perpetual enterprise agreements, perpetual enterprise maintenance, annual subscription licenses, and EDRM training for government agencies.
“This SmartBUY agreement is another example of the President’s Management Agenda driving change and delivering results to taxpayers," said Karen Evans, OMB Administrator of E-Government and Information Technology. "In signing this agreement, the government has taken another significant step forward in maximizing its purchasing power and in preserving records for future generations.” In addition to providing average license savings of 38 percent, the agreement streamlines the acquisition of Meridio products throughout the federal government, providing significant benefits to the acquisition and procurement community. The agreement was led by officials from GSA and supported by the DoD Enterprise Software Initiative program. Over the past four years, GSA has signed 25 SmartBUY agreements covering 20 different software publishers.
“SmartBUY has saved American taxpayers over $133 million in fiscal year 2007 alone", said Lurita Doan, Administrator of General Services. This significant agreement with Meridio will provide additional cost savings to agencies and to American taxpayers,” John Johnson, GSA’s Assistant Commissioner of Integrated Technologies Services, added: “By providing a mandatory contract vehicle for Meridio EDRM products, we can reduce the burden on acquisition and procurement officials throughout federal, state and local governments.”
OMB created the SmartBUY initiative to ensure that the federal government leverages its immense buying power to achieve maximum cost savings and quality for commodity software. SmartBUY is a government-wide enterprise software licensing program designed to streamline the acquisition process and provide best-priced, standards compliant Information Technology. SmartBUY does not mandate the use of a particular brand; rather, it mandates the use of the cost-effective common vehicle when an agency decides to purchase the software of a designated brand. GSA heads the SmartBUY interagency initiative and leads the interagency team in negotiating government-wide enterprise licenses for software.
Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government. GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 208,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did You Know? FAS annual business volume of $46 billion accounts for more than one-seventh of the entire federal procurement budget. FAS manages acquisition programs that include information technology, telecommunications, furniture, tools, office products and supply items, and all travel, motor vehicles and credit card services.