Tag Archives: GSA

Biden Administration Names New Executives to GSA Leadership Positions

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The Biden Administration has appointed new General Services Administration (GSA) officials to spearhead key initiatives, including COVID-19 relief, economic recovery, racial equity and climate. Of the appointments, Katy Kale, former assistant to the President for Management and Administration under President Obama and GSA Chief of Staff, will be the deputy administrator and will serve as the acting administrator.

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GSA Intends to Leverage Digital Assets to Increase Operating Efficiency; David Shive Quoted

David Shive

The General Services Administration (GSA) will integrate its digital assets and tools it has created to ensure the agency operates as efficiently as possible by reengineering agency business processes. David Shive, chief information officer of GSA, said that the agency will work to become a “true, end-to-end digital entity.” GSA will continually improve systems and services throughout the acquisition life cycle to improve efficiency. 

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NGA to Increase Opportunities for Neurodiverse Workforce; Dr. Stacey Dixon Quoted

Dr. Stacey Dixon

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) will strive to increase workforce opportunities for neurodiverse individuals. NGA launched its Neurodiverse Federal Workforce pilot program in Dec. 2020. The agency will foster partnerships with MITRE and Melwood to provide jobs for people with disabilities. "NGA mission success is contingent on a world-class workforce with a wide diversity of opinions and expertise,” NGA deputy director and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Dr. Stacey Dixon

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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

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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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GSA Selects Everbridge to Provide CEM Platform; Mike Mostow Quoted

Everbridge

The General Services Administration (GSA) has selected Everbridge’s Mass Notification platform to secure the agency’s employees, facilities and operations. Everbridge’s CEM platform will help keep employees safe and informed across a variety of threats such as a global pandemic, hurricanes, wildfires, cyberattacks, IT outages and more. Everbridge received its FedRAMP authorization in 2018.

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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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GSA Awards Brillient OASIS Unrestricted Pool 4 Contract; Paul Strasser Quoted

Brillient

The General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded Brillient a One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Unrestricted Pool 4 contract. “This unrestricted award of OASIS Pool 4 is the culmination of our team’s efforts toward obtaining a Best-in-Class contract vehicle and being a premier provider of R&D solutions for the US Government,” said Paul Strasser, CEO of Brillient

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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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