The General Services Administration (GSA) today announced that it awarded a 10-year, $2.5 billion blanket purchase agreement (BPA) for software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions that will modernize the Federal government’s civilian payroll, work schedule, and leave management systems.

The BPA, known as NewPay, has been awarded to two teams: one consisting of Carahsoft, Immix Technology, and Deloitte; and another of Grant Thornton, The Arcanum Group, and CGI Federal. The solutions will be provided by Infor, and Kronos and SAP.

“Today’s announcement of the NewPay awardees is an important step in our Shared Services journey as part of the President’s Management Agenda (PMA),” said Federal CIO Suzette Kent. “I look forward to seeing Federal agencies have the opportunity to utilize leading business capabilities and dedicate greater agency focus on mission.”

The PMA calls for the streamlining of administrative services across the Federal government, under its fifth cross-agency priority goal. When issuing the NewPay solicitation in May, Kent’s office noted that “four independent systems, without common data or interoperability standards, manage payroll for the executive branch of the Federal Government.”

The office also noted that some of those payroll systems are in their fourth decade of operation. GSA Administrator Emily Murphy indicated today that the NewPay BPA is an important step in the overall effort to modernize government IT, and could further influence agencies to rid themselves of aging IT systems.

“NewPay strongly aligns with the Trump administration’s efforts to be more efficient, make wise investments of taxpayer funds and shift the focus from low to high-value work by modernizing government processes and systems,” Murphy said in a statement. “Additionally, by utilizing SaaS solutions, NewPay will continue to create ongoing value by empowering agencies to continue modernizing their systems.”

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