Nearly a dozen teams of technology vendors have been approved to provide IT infrastructure as a service to government agencies through Apps.gov, the General Services Administration's cloud computing portal. The new blanket service agreement makes it possible for federal, state and local government agencies to order on-demand virtual servers, cloud storage and web hosting as needed from GSA-approved service providers. Cloud vendors must satisfy FISMA's "moderate impact" data security level to par
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CGI Group, based in Montreal, expanded its presence in the U.S. government market in 2010 with the $1 billion acquisition of Stanley Inc., an IT solutions provider to civilian, defense and intelligence agencies. Among the services provided by CGI Federal are engineering, implementation of biometric systems, and business process management. CGI provides IT services via "global delivery centers" that are located in rural communities in Alabama and Virginia, as well as in Europe and India.