2120 CIO Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Policy

  • Posted Date: 05/26/2022
  • Status: Validated
  • Outdated on: 05/26/2029

                Washington, DC 20405


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CIO 2120
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              May 26, 2022


SUBJECT: Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Policy

1.  Purpose. This order provides acquisition and IT policy for the General Services Administration (GSA) on the provisioning of products and services, and the continued transition, implementation and use of the next generation of the Internet Protocol (IP), which is the primary protocol that serves as the building block of nearly all information and communication technology (IT or ICT) and operational technology (OT). 

The next-generation Internet Protocol, known as IPv6, is necessary due to the worldwide exhaustion and inherent security, operational and performance (i.e., user experience) limitations of the more prominent Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). Proactive integration of IPv6 requirements into GSA contracts reduces the costs and complexity of transition by ensuring that Federal applications can operate in an IPv6 environment without costly upgrades. 

This order directly addresses and incorporates applicable federal policies, standards, and guidelines, including roles and responsibilities, the GSA Acquisition Manual (GSAM), and FAR 39.101(d)

2. Cancellation. This Order cancels and supersedes Instructional Letter CIO IL-21-01 Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) Policy dated May 17, 2021.

Last Reviewed: 2022-06-06