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GSA CLARIFIES DEOS CLASSIFIED REQUIREMENT
Vendors bidding on the Pentagon's $8 billion Defense Enterprise Office Solutions cloud contract won't have to be certified to host classified data on the date of the award.Contractors must still meet cloud computing security requirements for impact levels 5 and 6 -- controlled unclassified information and classified. But vendors with a level 5 certification for infrastructure, platform or software-as-a-service offerings can still bid on the contract, with the understanding that a level 6 classified certification can follow.However, permitting vendors lacking level 5 certification to bid on the communications and productivity solicitation "would unnecessarily delay delivery of capabilities," according to the update. MARK ROCKWELL READ MORE