GSA Negotiates New Enterprise Agreement for Governmentwide Savings
May 30, 2018
IBM’s IT Schedule 70 Contract Supports FITARA Initiatives
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of the IT Schedule 70 Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) Enhancement Program, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has negotiated a new, governmentwide enterprise agreement for database solutions with IBM. With this new agreement, agencies can access IBM database solutions through a single contract that reflects discounted prices based on the federal government’s high volume purchasing.
“The IT Schedule 70 FITARA Enhancement Program will provide government agencies with greater flexibility in accessing the innovative software solutions they need at a better value to taxpayers,” said GSA Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Commissioner Alan Thomas. “Providing these solutions through a governmentwide, enterprise-level contract is a great way to reduce duplication in our procurement process.”
“As the government is channeling resources toward IT modernization, GSA is putting a laser focus on acquisition solutions that will help federal agencies efficiently retire and replace legacy systems and software programs,” said FAS Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) Assistant Commissioner Kay Ely. “With this newly negotiated agreement, the government will see immediate benefits that come from using one enterprise-wide contract to drive significant cost savings. We appreciate the willingness of our industry partners to work with GSA to meet critical FITARA and IT modernization objectives.”
The offerings from IBM will help agencies meet a wide variety of federal mandates, including the requirements put in place by FITARA.
The newly negotiated agreement provides:
- Three editions of IBM Db2 for Linux, UNIX and Windows (LUW) specifically Db2 Developer Edition, Db2 Enterprise Server Edition, and Db2 Advanced Enterprise Server Edition;
- Services including enablement/training for Database Administrators (DBAs) on the latest features of IBM Db2 Version 11, migration assessments, and priced services engagements to assist with the migrations of applications to IBM Db2;
- Potential governmentwide savings of millions of dollars over the next five years with a moderate adoption of these solutions by federal agencies; and
- Tiered discounts based on aggregate volume purchasing within an agency.
- This new agreement is available to all federal, state, local and tribal government agencies eligible to order from the GSA IT Schedule 70 Program. It is located on GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract (GS-35F-0119Y).
More information can be found on the Acquisition Gateway.
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About the IT Schedule 70 FITARA Enhancement Program
In 2015, Congress passed the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which required GSA to put in place enterprise-wide agreements to support federal agencies in their acquisition of software. In 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), further refined this requirement by mandating that GSA stand up at least two governmentwide software agreements annually, aimed at reducing costs and bringing innovative technology to the government through GSA’s IT Schedule 70.