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In light of the release of the Federal Source Code Policy ( and the overall desire to update and modernize technology in agencies, the objective of this (contract/task order) is to assist (AGENCY/PROGRAM) with the identification and analysis of a modern technology platform or solution that would fit in the (AGENCY/PROGRAM) environment to increase the successful launches of new digital service products and assist with the migration off end of life legacy systems.

In order to achieve this goal, quality partners must be able to provide expertise to evaluate and assess the “as-is” environment, an understanding of the technical landscape for digital service solutions including IaaS, SaaS or PaaS solutions, and the ability to determine whether a viable solution could be implemented in the agency. The completion of the scope for this contract/task order will provide information necessary in the development of an acquisition strategy for the procurement or full implementation of a new technology solution.


The resulting contract will be considered successful when the following outputs have been delivered:


(Agency to provide pertinent information related to the technical landscape, end user needs, technologies in place, and so forth)


The scope of this effort is limited to the following activities defined under the following functional areas: (Note: AGENCY can add or remove as necessary as long as it is consistent with meeting the above outcomes).

Functional Area 1: Alternatives Analysis: Assisting (AGENCY/PROGRAM) to determine which modern technologies are feasible to implement in (AGENCY/PROGRAM) environment.

Objective: (AGENCY/PROGRAM) will have a deep understanding of platforms and technology tools available in the market that are most advantageous in (AGENCY/PROGRAM) technology environment. Coach (AGENCY/PROGRAM) through the process of discovering tradeoffs for alternative platform solutions, to include short and long-term implications. As an added benefit, part of this scope includes analysis required in the Federal Source Code Policy which applies to all federal agencies (with limited exceptions).


Functional Area 2: Practical Application: Determine viability

Objective: Contractor will facilitate live hands-on demonstrations of the highest rated alternatives using end users to interact with the recommended platform(s) The demonstrations must be performed in the (AGENCY/PROGRAM) environment or vendor-provided test environment to and simulate a micro-version of the platform or solution with some of the needed functionality to verify usefulness(AGENCY/PROGRAM). Demonstrations should reduce (AGENCY/PROGRAM) time and cost, while improving and increasing user involvement.


Functional Area 3: Retrospective: What worked, what didn’t, what to do next

Objective: Following the development of the functional prototype(s), the government and contractor team will use the results of Functional Area 2 to develop conclusions and next steps.