The CMS has modified a contract with Terremark Federal Group, Herndon, Va., to design and develop cloud-based software and services for health insurance exchanges called for in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Verizon subsidiary awarded CMS cloud-computing contract
According to an announcement on the FedBizOpps.gov contract information website, Terremark will work with the CMS to provide infrastructure for the HealthCare.Gov Plan Finder and help transition the program from running on two contractor-operated, government-owned data centers in Arizona and New Jersey to operating via cloud-based systems.
The contractor will also provide cloud design and development services for other CMS general system development initiatives, provide application design and deployment to support calculating medical-loss ratios and other major applications required under the healthcare reform law and help the CMS increase its enterprise security capabilities.
The contract has a one-year base period with four one-year optional extensions. No financial terms of the modification were reported in the FedBizOpps.gov announcement.
Terremark Worldwide is a division of telecommunications giant Verizon Communications.
Since 2009, the federal government, under the direction of the country's first federal chief information officer, Vivek Kundra, has embraced cloud computing as a lower-cost alternative to maintaining government-owned data centers. Kundra announced in June that he would step down this month as CIO.
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