Tag Archives: General Services Administration

Senate Passes Bill on AI-Driven IT Modernization; Sens. Rob Portman, Maggie Hassan Quoted

AI-Driven

The Senate has approved legislation introduced by Sens. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, and Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., to help drive the government’s information technology implementation efforts in line with the Artificial Intelligence in Government Act. The AI CoE will provide technical assistance to agencies, support government AI procurement efforts and “promote U.S. competitiveness through agency and industry cooperation.”

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Federal Mobility Working Group Issues 5G Testing Framework

5G Technology

The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Mobility Group (FMG) has released a framework for governmentwide testing and implementation of 5G technologies. The guide, titled Framework to Conduct 5G Testing, identifies four main phases in the 5G modular testing architecture. The framework also details best practices to sharing testing resources across agencies to avoid duplication

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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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OIG Audit Report: GSA Should Launch Measures to Properly Account for Contract Employee Access Cards

GSA

The General Services Administration's (GSA) office of inspector general has offered recommendations to help GSA improve its management of personal identity verification cards being issued to contract employees to access the agency’s information technology systems and buildings. GSA’s deputy administrator should take measures to properly account for issued PIV cards, such as recovering and terminating all access cards from former contract employees, the report stated.

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Ashley Mahan: FedRAMP Sees Increase in Cloud Product Reusability Requests

Ashley Mahan

Ashley Mahan, director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) at the General Services Administration (GSA), said in an interview with Francis Rose of Government Matters the volume of requests by agencies to reuse FedRAMP-compliant cloud products has doubled since March as government personnel shifted to remote work due to the pandemic.

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Library of Congress Teams Up With GSA Under Centers of Excellence Program; Julie Dunne, Bob De Luca Quoted

Julie Dunne

The General Services Administration (GSA) has partnered with the office of public information and education (PIO) within the U.S. Library of Congress’ copyright office to help PIO modernize its contact center through GSA’s Centers of Excellence program. “The modernization of the federal government’s IT infrastructure and applications is an important priority for GSA,” said FAS commissioner Julie Dunne.

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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 Looks to Add CMMC Requests in Alliant 2 IT Contract’s Replacement

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The General Services Administration (GSA) is planning to incorporate requirements under the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program into a governmentwide contract that will replace the Alliant 2 vehicle. GSA previously included CMMC language in a previously issued request for proposals and is looking to add the requirements in the Polaris small business contract for information technology support. 

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