DHS Awards $95 Million BPA to VIP/Meridian for First Federal Enterprise Talent Management System in Cloud

FOLSOM, CA. – Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP), teamed with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Meridian Knowledge Solutions(Meridian), has been awarded a $95-million single-award blanket purchase agreement (BPA) with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide more than 250,000 agency employees with a secure, cloud-based enterprise talent management system (ETMS). This precedent-setting contract will deploy the largest shared services model with consumption-based pricing agency-wide. Further, it is the first major consolidation of learning and talent management systems in the federal government within a FedRAMP certified infrastructure.


Once VIP implements ETMS across DHS Headquarters and the other eight operational Components (US Customs & Border Protection, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, US Secret Service,  Federal Emergency Management Agency, US Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center) DHS will have a single platform for analyzing employees’ skills and automating the design, delivery and tracking of programs for developing talent.


In keeping with the federal government’s Cloud First Policy, VIP and Meridian have partnered with CGI Federal to support the ETMS with a secure and FedRAMP-certified Infrastructure-as-a-Service. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) gives government agencies a standard approach to assess and monitor the security of cloud service providers.


“The IT landscape at DHS today consists of at least four separate technology platforms for learning and development,” said Jonna Ward, chief executive officer of VIP. “We believe this project will create a DHS that is more efficient and agile and will serve as a model for other agency consolidations and shared service cloud deployments.”


VIP is the prime contractor for the BPA and will supply IT services including software planning and analysis, design, integration and testing of the ETMS. Meridian, a wholly-owned subsidiary of VIP, will deliver DHS the ETMS software, technical support and ongoing customer service. Meridian’s platform is used by public- and private-sector employers including Department of Defense, California Health Benefit Exchange (Covered California), AutoZone, and Project Management Institute.


CGI Federal will provide IT infrastructure (i.e., virtual machine, web hosting and continuous monitoring of security services) in the cloud to enable DHS to run the enterprise talent management system.


“Developing DHS workers to their fullest requires more than a confederation of conventional training systems; it requires software for analyzing skills and performance, recommending professional development and measuring the effects of learning,” said Jason Marceau, chief operations officer for Meridian.


“An integrated talent management system with large-scale system integration services and a secure, cloud-based infrastructure to underpin the software is something VIP/Meridian look forward to implementing at DHS,” said Terry Miller, chief operations officer for VIP. “We expect that other Federal agencies could look at similar models to achieve the same cost savings.”


About VIP

Visionary Integration Professionals (VIP) is a consulting, technology, and outsourcing firm providing IT solutions and technology services to more than 900 federal, state and local, and commercial clients. VIP helps clients achieve measurable results by maximizing revenue, mitigating risks, and reducing costs. VIP has five offices across the U.S. including its corporate headquarters in Folsom, California and its federal headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Learn more at trustvip.kinsta.cloud.