GSA: New software deal could save agencies millions

A new governmentwide purchasing deal with geospatial intelligence software firm Esri could save federal agencies millions every year in more efficient, less duplicative contracts, according to the General Services Administration.

The new deal, which follows a model hammered out between Esri and the Office of the Director for National Intelligence on behalf of the 17 U.S. spy agencies, is one of the first fruits of the Obama administration’s efforts — bolstered by the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, passed last year — to reign in the duplicative, expensive and notoriously poorly managed way federal agencies buy software licenses.

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