Cloud Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs)
Cloud Acquisition Vehicles
GSA offers access to cloud business partners through the GSA IT Schedule 70 Cloud Special Item Number (SIN) 132-40. For Email as a Service (EaaS), GSA offers pre-competed blanket purchase agreements (BPAs) that help your agency speed the acquisition of EaaS with a selection of vendors who have all agreed to the same EaaS system, application and performance requirements.
Cloud Special Item Number (SIN) 132-40
The GSA IT Schedule 70 Cloud Special Item Number (SIN) 132-40 provides a selection of cloud vendors for agencies to solicit on an exclusive basis. Agencies may solicit only the vendors present on the Cloud SIN and still satisfy their competition requirements. Many of the offerings found on the Cloud SIN are FedRAMP authorized.
Email as a Service (EaaS)
The new Email as a Service (EaaS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) now allows federal, state, and local governments to order cloud email and collaboration services faster and at better prices.
EaaS provides government with billed-by-the-mailbox email services that support a mobile workforce. Access your email from anywhere and reduce maintenance and infrastructure costs.
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
Federal, state, and local governments can use the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to buy cloud storage, virtual machines, and web hosting with an Authority to Operate (ATO) at the FISMA moderate-impact level.
IaaS helps government attain cost savings, efficiencies, and modernization without expanding existing infrastructure, while saving time and expense.
GSA Cloud BPA benefits
OMB and OFPP memos recommend IT investments be Cloud first and acquisition strategies consider pre-competed contracts first. The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) directs government to look to interagency contracts like BPAs first for efficiencies and cost savings: Development, Review and Approval of Business Cases for Certain Interagency and Agency-Specific Acquisitions, September 2011 [PDF - 475KB].
OMB states that direct acquisitions from GSA's BPAs are "in the best interest of the government" - Guidance for Improving the Management and Use of Interagency Acquisitions, June 2008 [PDF - 579KB].
The CIO and CAO councils noted that GSA's BPAs incorporated best practices in their 2012 report: Creating Effective Cloud Computing Contracts for the Federal Government - Best Practices for Acquiring IT as a Service [PDF - 963KB].
When evaluating options for new IT deployments, OMB requires that agencies default to cloud-based solutions whenever a secure, reliable, cost-effective cloud option exists. Per the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy, agencies should evaluate their technology sourcing plans to include consideration and application of cloud computing solutions as part of the budget process. Additionally, agencies shall continually evaluate cloud computing solutions across their IT portfolios, regardless of investment type or life-cycle stage. Excerpted from the FY14 OMB Guidance on Exhibits 53 and 300: Information Technology and E-Government [PDF - 1.02 MB].