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Intel agencies seek industry ideas to unify communications

Jul. 11, 2013 - 07:40PM   |  
By NICOLE BLAKE JOHNSON   |   Comments
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper last year approved a five-year plan to standardize intelligence agencies' information technology.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper last year approved a five-year plan to standardize intelligence agencies' information technology. ()

The intelligence community wants to test industryís ability to provide secure, unified communications services across its 16 agencies.

In a request for information released Monday, the IC detailed its plans for a six-month pilot program to test and evaluate a new model for common voice, video, instant messaging and other communications features.

The proof-of-concept pilot, which will be managed by the Defense Intelligence Agency and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, will include up to 1,000 users who may come from multiple agencies worldwide.

The RFI asks companies to detail their experience in supporting unified communications in large federal environments with more than 150,000 users, including classified environments. The deadline for industry responses was extended to July 22 but does not guarantee a contract.

The RFI does not say when a vendor will be chosen to conduct the pilot, but following the pilot there will be a request for proposal to provide desktop services, including unified communications, across the the intel community.

The effort is part of a larger IC initiative, called the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE). The five-year plan was approved by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper last year and seeks to standardize the ICís information technology environment.

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