Jim Piche: Federal Agencies Look to Independently Procure Cyber Tools

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CyberStockSeveral agencies have requested a “delegation of procurement authority” from the General Services Administration to access other blanket purchase agreements under the continuous diagnostics and monitoring program, FierceGovernmentIT reported Wednesday.

David Perera writes those agencies seek to acquire cybersecurity products independently rather than buying technology through the Department of Homeland Security.

The DHS runs the $6 billion CDM program and will pay for agency procurements as well as initial maintenance services.

Jim Piche, a GSA acquisition manager, said an agency that exercises DPA will have to finance its own CDM purchases, according to the article.

The article cited the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Veterans Affairs and Agriculture as among agencies given a delegated procurement authority.

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