vricon ngaThe National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency contracted for $4.4 million in VRICON 3D high resolution data packages through an initiative with the General Services Administration, Feb. 10.  “We are excited to be partnered with GSA as they modify a Special Item Number under Schedule 70 to expand access to a wide variety of suppliers,” said Nicole Pierce, NGA Senior Procurement Executive. “We look forward to rapidly satisfying our customer’s diverse mission needs.”  

The Commercial Initiative to Buy Operationally Responsive GEOINT, or CIBORG, leverages schedules and contractual instruments available via the GSA to allow commercial purchases by government organizations for geospatial earth observation data, products and services.  “CIBORG enables geospatial solution providers to make their capabilities available on the GSA schedule for other government customers, warfighters, first responders as well as fulfilling NGA customer needs,” said Julie Saville, Lead for CIBORG. “Expanding the offerings on the GSA schedule is an important step as this allows them to easily request and purchase GEOINT that fits their unique mission demand.”  Contracted services by VRICON include Digital Surface Model data, Digital Terrain Model data, Point Cloud data and True Ortho data. Director Robert Cardillo testified in September 2016 at an open hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence where he discussed CIBORG as part of a larger NGA initiative to more effectively and efficiently partner with industry data and service providers. "The era of multiyear, billion-dollar contracts for services that last decades have had their time," he told the committee. "We have to become more agile and revisit fundamental acquisition strategies."Read More