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GSA Names Payman Sadegh as New CDO; Bob De Luca Quoted

General Services

Payman Sadegh has been appointed as chief data officer (CDO) with the General Services Administration (GSA). Sadegh will succeed Kris Rowley, the first appointed CDO, who left the agency for the private sector March 31 after serving a seven year tenure. In the interim, deputy chief information officer, Beth Killoran, served as acting CDO.

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GSA Updates $4.4B DoD Office 365 BPA Following CMMC Integration; Allen Hill Quoted

General Services

The General Services Administration (GSA) has refined requirements for a potential $4.4 billion Microsoft Office 365 implementation contract as the agency works to integrate Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) into contract language. 

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Crystal Philcox on Tech Project Updates in GSA’s Federal Marketplace Strategy Fall 2020 Release

Crystal Philcox

Crystal Philcox, assistant commissioner of the office of Enterprise Strategy Management at the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), wrote in a blog post published Monday about updates on technology projects, policies and processes as part of GSA’s Federal Marketplace Strategy Fall 2020 Release. Philcox said the Verified Product Portal is expected to come online in November 2020. 

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GSA to Implement New Digital Signing, Multi Factor Authentication in Contracting

GSA

The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced it will require contractors to use the DocuSign platform to digitally sign offers and modification requests starting Nov. 30. Contractors would use DocuSign when applying via eOffer/eMod, a tool designed to electronically facilitate contract offer submissions and modification requests, GSA said Wednesday.

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GSA, DoD Re-Award $4.4B DEOS BPA to CSRA; Dana Deasy, Emily Murphy Quoted

Dana Deasy

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and U.S. Department of Defense have re-awarded the approximate $4.4 billion, ten-year Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) to CSRA, with Contractor Teaming Partners Dell Marketing L.P. and Minburn Technology Group. “DEOS is a key part of the Department’s Digital Modernization Strategy," said DoD CIO and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, Dana Deasy.

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GSA Eyes NewPay Capabilities Deployment by Fall; Amy Haseltine Quoted

Amy Haseltine

The General Services Administration (GSA) plans to release by fall the NewPay program’s first set of capabilities. Amy Haseltine, director of the quality service management office (QSMO) for civilian human resource transaction service and director of the NewPay management office at GSA, said the QSMO is in the process of completing a minimally viable product for NewPay.

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GSA Issues Field Guide for Cybersecurity Risk Prevention

Emotet Malware

The General Services Administration’s (GSA) 18F digital services unit has released a field guide to help federal agencies mitigate cyber risks in their systems. The federal field guide covers various topics related to cyber strategy development including planning, acquisition and execution. Other recommendations include executing incremental technology deployment and developing a budget strategy for risk mitigation prototyping efforts.

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GSA Advances FPDS Reporting Functions Transition to Beta SAM Website; Judith Zawatsky Quoted

Judith Zawatsky

The General Services Administration (GSA) will retire the reporting functions on the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) website after Oct. 17th to further encourage users to use the Data Bank tool on the System for Award Management’s (SAM) beta website. GSA decided to move the FPDS’ administrative, static, standard and ad hoc reporting functions to the beta SAM website in March 2020. 

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OMB Releases Interim Rule to Address IT Supply Chain Security Risks

Office of Management

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has issued an interim final rule detailing how the Federal Acquisition Security Council will evaluate threat information and recommend issuance of orders to remove or exclude certain products from future procurements or information systems as part of efforts to protect the information and communications technology and services supply chain.

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Laura Stanton Promoted to Full-Time IT Category Assistant Commissioner at GSA

Laura Stanton

Laura Stanton, a long-time officer with the General Services Administration (GSA), has been appointed to serve as the agency's assistant commissioner for information technology category on a full-time basis. Stanton said she has been with GSA for 23 years and looks forward to continuing her work with the agency.

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