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GSA Requests Information on TLD Registry, DNS Services for Government Domains

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The General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service is conducting market research, on behalf of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, to identify potential sources capable of supporting and managing the official domain for government websites.

According to a SAM.gov notice, GSA released a request for information to determine market capability to provide .gov top-level domain registry and domain name system services.

CISA took over from GSA the policy and management authority for the .gov domains as mandated by the DOTGOV Act of 2020 and was required to provide a secure domain registry for federal, state and local government agencies.

In a draft statement of objectives, CISA said the .gov TLD registry and DNS services must be available to all bona fide U.S. government agencies and publicly controlled organizations.

CISA also develops a domain name registrar, separately from the DNS services acquisition, that will oversee the registration and management of the .gov domains.

Responses to the RFI are due April 11th.