Weekly Roundup: DoD Awards $7.6B Cloud BPA to General Dynamics IT, Kevin Samuelson Becomes CEO of Infor, Multiple Contract Awards & Weekly Top 10 Stories

Phebe Novakovic

The Department of Defense (DoD) and the General Services Administration (GSA) awarded General Dynamics Information Technology (GDIT) a potential 10-year, $7.6B blanket purchase agreement on Thursday to replace legacy DoD IT office applications with a standard cloud-based platform across the U.S. military. 

GDIT secured the Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) BPA through CSRA, which General Dynamics acquired last year, and will collaborate with Dell Marketing and Minburn Technology Group on the project.

Dana Deasy, CIO of DoD

“DEOS is a great example of a fit-for-purpose cloud that supports our multi-cloud strategy,” said Dana Deasy, DoD Chief Information Officer and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient. “DEOS will streamline our use of cloud email and collaborative tools while enhancing cybersecurity and information sharing based on standardized needs and market offerings.”

In addition, GDIT also secured a potential $325.4M contract from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to support the emergency communications division within DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

The office oversees various programs including the Next Generation Network Priority Service and Telecommunications Service Priority, which allows carriers to restore data circuits and voice systems for NS/EP organizations in the event of a natural disaster. 

More Contract Awards of the Week 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has selected AECOM, Black & Veatch and Zapata Group to compete for architectural and engineering task orders under a five-year contract.

USACE received seven bids for the firm-fixed-price contract via the internet and will provide funds and work locations with each order, the Department of Defense. The Pentagon expects contractor services to be complete by Aug. 22, 2024.

This Week’s Executive Moves 

Kevin Samuelson

Kevin Samuelson, formerly the chief financial officer of Infor, has succeeded Charles Phillips as CEO of the business cloud software provider. Phillips has held the CEO post over the past nine years and will transition to a new role as chairman of Infor’s board of directors.

As CFO, Samuelson led sales and operational activities and helped grow corporate revenue from $35M to $3B. Previously, the 14-year company veteran served a senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions. His career also includes time as CFO of artificial intelligence-based software developer InsideSales and chief operating officer of online retailer Backcountry.

Infor also promoted Chief Accounting Officer Jay Hopkins to the position of CFO, and named Cormac Waters and Rod Johnson to general manager roles. Chief Technology Officer Soma Somasundaram will concurrently serve as the company’s new president of products.

Nick Michaelides

In addition, Nick Michaelides, vice president of U.S. federal sales at Cisco Systems and 2018 Wash100 Award recipient has been promoted to senior VP of the company’s U.S. public sector organization.

He will leverage his experience in government security and innovation as well as his understanding of the company’s mission to facilitate the development and deployment of technology platforms in support of the public sector, the company said Tuesday.

Michaelides has been with Cisco for 14 years and has held senior leadership roles at the company, including senior director for defense operations.

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