Tag Archives: GSA

Amentum Selected for GSA’s ASTRO IDIQ; CEO John Vollmer Quoted

John Vollmer

Amentum, a leading federal defense contractor, announced Wednesday that the company has been selected for nine pools on the General Service Administration’s (GSA) multiagency, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity ASTRO contract to provide mission support for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

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GSA Offering Over 7 Bitcoins During End of Season Auction; Thomas Meiron Quoted

Cryptocurrency Auction

The General Services Administration (GSA) has announced eight auction lots of a combined 7.85 bitcoins estimated to be worth over $360,000 as part of its End of Season sale. The cryptocurrencies, the last from GSA Auctions for 2021, are up for bidding until Wednesday, with an option for extension to take in last-minute offers, the agency said Monday.

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GSA Names Technologist Waldo Jaquith as Administrator Robin Carnahan’s New Senior Adviser

Waldo Jaquith

The General Services Administration (GSA) has appointed Waldo Jaquith, a technology expert and former Biden-Harris transition team member, as a senior adviser to agency Administrator Robin Carnahan. Jaquith, who has previously data-related roles at the White House, will provide Carnahan with advice on issues and initiatives related to state, local, tribal and territorial governments, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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GSA Reaches Out to Business, Academic Sectors for Federal Workforce Upskilling Effort

General Services

The General Services Administration is seeking input from learning content providers in the business and academic sectors for the development of a tool that could give federal workers access to educational materials and help them identify gaps in their knowledge. Interested education providers have until December 16 to express their interest in offering pay-for-access training content for a pilot program.

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House Committee to Take Up $7.4B Federal Vehicle Electrification Bill

Capitol Hill

House Oversight and Reform Committee members plan to vote on a $7.4 billion spending bill that seeks to grow the federal government's fleet of electric vehicles. The legislation, which the panel could take up Thursday, includes $5 billion for vehicle purchases by the General Services Administration (GSA) and another $2.4 billion for the U.S. Postal Service to buy EVs and support infrastructure.

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U.S. Agencies Partner to Expand Federal Digital Workforce; Clare Martorana Quoted

Federal Digital Workforce

The General Services Administration (GSA) partnered with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the White House to further develop the federal government's workforce of digitally skilled professionals. The two-year U.S. Digital Corps fellowship will gather early-career professionals in critical technology areas such as data science, cybersecurity and software engineering for opportunities to work with the federal government. 

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GAO Reports on Federal Use of Facial Recognition Tech Systems

Facial Recognition

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) surveyed 24 Chief Financial Officers Act agencies on their use of facial recognition technology in fiscal year 2020 and found that 18 of those agencies reported using FRT for one or several purposes. GAO reported that 16 agencies said they are using the technology for cybersecurity or digital access.

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GSA Backs USDA’s IT Modernization Project, Helps Transform Digital Experience; Gary Washington Quoted

Digital Experience

The General Services Administration (GSA) has supported the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) information technology modernization initiative and helped consolidate several online contact centers, enhance the USDA website and boost the Farm Loan program's approval rates by 3.5 percent to date. USDA became the first subject of the Technology Transformation Services' Centers of Excellence in 2018.

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Robin Carnahan Wants GSA to Use Data to Improve Service Delivery, Inform Decisions

Robin Carnahan

Robin Carnahan, head of the General Services Administration (GSA), said she wants to focus more on how GSA can improve the delivery of services to agencies and industry partners and intends to do that by gathering data to better inform decisions. “I’m very interested in feedback from both customers and our, our industry partners, we’ve got to have both sides of those customers,” said Carnahan.

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FedRAMP Seeks to Expedite Security Package Reviews With OSCAL Validation Rules


The Federal Risk and Management Program (FedRAMP) has issued Open Security Controls Assessment Language (OSCAL) validation rules to help automate reviews of security packages and speed up authorizations. The OSCAL validation rules will enable cloud service providers and third-party assessment organizations to perform self-testing to see whether all the required data is included in their security packages prior to submission to FedRAMP.

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