Tag Archives: General Services Administration

GSA FAS Leader Julie Dunne: MAS Contract Vehicle Consolidation Boosted Sales

Julie Dunne

Julie Dunne, outgoing commissioner of the General Services Administration's (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), said her team's consolidation of the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) contract vehicle boosted sales from $32 billion to $36 billion between 2019 and 2020. Dunne said her successor must sustain the consolidation's results and complementary catalog management work. 

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GSA Begins 2021 With Release of Two RFIs, Draft Solicitation for Polaris; Keith Nakasone, Allen Hill Quoted

General Services

The General Services Administration (GSA) started calendar year 2021 with the release of a draft request for proposals for the Polaris governmentwide acquisition contract and two requests for information for machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities and a plan to come up with a new contract vehicle for professional services. 

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House OKs Bill to Codify FedRAMP, Create Federal Cloud Advisory Panel

Codify FedRAMP

The House has passed a bipartisan bill by voice vote that seeks to codify the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and establish an advisory panel that would coordinate procurement and cybersecurity efforts under the governmentwide cloud computing initiative. GSA found that the number of agencies reusing certified platforms under the program rose 50 percent during fiscal 2020.

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HUD Continues Modernization Under GSA IT Centers of Excellence Program; Irving Dennis Quoted

Irving Dennis

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has launched an effort to centralize its data warehouse operations and call-center activities in line with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Centers of Excellence program. The department has since simplified auditing procedures and ensured compliance with standards such as the Improper Payments Elimination and Recovery Improvement Act, according to the report. 

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Report: Federal RPA Program Maturity Saw 70% Increase in FY20; Gerard Badorrek Quoted

Gerard Badorrek

A Federal Robotic Process Automation Community of Practice report states that overall RPA program maturity for fiscal year 2020 increased by 70 percent from FY19 as agencies continue to deploy automation in more functional areas. Adopting sophisticated technology platforms for RPA programs would additionally ensure long-term program capacity and effectiveness, the report states.

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All 24 Agencies Receive ‘A’ Grades in 11th FITARA Scorecard’s Software Licensing Metric; Rep. Gerry Connolly Quoted

Rep. Gerry Connolly

The software licensing metric in the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) scorecard will now be retired after all 24 agencies received an ‘A’ in the category in its 11th iteration. “FITARA remains an effective tool at catalyzing IT advancement across the enterprise of the federal government. Let’s ensure we use it to continue to raise the bar," said Rep. Gerry Connolly.

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Tiffany Hixson: GSA Eyes Expanded Service Offerings for Multiple-Award Contracts Following OASIS Conclusion

Tiffany Hixson

The General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) concluded on-ramp activities for the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) vehicle and looks to launch a “services marketplace” initiative to improve its governmentwide services contracts. GSA plans to establish a “broader and more flexible” vehicle known as the Best-in-Class Multi-Agency Contract that would replace OASIS following its expiration in 2024, said Hixson.

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GSA’s Allen Hill, Laura Stanton on Plans for Enterprise Contract Vehicles in 2021

General Services

The General Services Administration (GSA) plans to issue a Civilian Enterprise Office Solutions (CEOS) contract as it works to develop the Polaris vehicle for small businesses. Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner of ITC, added that the GSA is concurrently planning to release a draft of the Polaris contract  “in the fairly near future”.

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GSA Promotes John Radziszewski to IT Vendor Mgmt Office Director

John Radziszewski

John Radziszewski, former director of information technology products at the General Services Administration, has been appointed to lead an office that functions as the single point of contact for federal IT providers, G2Xchange FedCiv reported Friday. As director of the GSA IT Vendor Management Office, Radziszewski lead efforts to assist customer agencies with market research. 

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GSA Launches Updated Federal Service Desk Portal for Governmentwide Contracting Assistance

General Services

The General Services Administration (GSA) has modified the interface of its governmentwide services portal in an effort to improve accessibility and simplify procedures for visitors seeking assistance on GSA’s award systems. Changes to the unified Federal Service Desk portal include modified search, incident reporting and live-chat functions as well as news and announcement features regarding GSA’s Integrated Award Environments.

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