CDM Implementations Work Best With Strong Agency - Integrator Partnership
- The goal is to establish a solid relationship between an agency and a CDM service provider, and then let them decide on
the technology together, downstream of the initial contract award.
- An agency ultimately needs to have control over its cyber defense posture to meet that agency’s mission.
“One challenge is that the information agencies submitted to describe their network architecture and CDM solution requirements was often incomplete.”
As Homeland Sector Director for General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM), Jim Piche’s organization solicits, evaluates, awards, and administers contracts that assist federal agencies in acquiring CDM–related products and services. His role gives him a unique, high-level perspective of how the CDM program is progressing. “We provide staff to administer the contracts and ensure that deliverables conform to standards and invoices are paid on time. As far as choosing which technology an agency needs, that’s an agency CIO decision. Determining how much budget is allocated to a particular CDM product or service is a U.S. DHS CDM program decision.”