President Obama announced an additional $2 billion will be available over the next three years for contracts going to energy efficiency upgrades for federal buildings. The new contracting money comes after an earlier goal of $2 billion for energy savings performance contracts from 2011 to 2013, a May 9 White House announcement says.
The General Services Administration unveiled tools that they say will simplify the process for small businesses to find contracting opportunities. The initiatives were part of a May 9 program showcasing the agency's 18F team – a lab of developers and designers from both inside and outside the government working together to build digital services that will be used across agencies.
A year ago, federal agencies met ambitious deadlines established under a presidential directive to create a modern digital government. Now, says General Services Administration's Gwynne Kostin, agencies are rethinking these areas and enhancing them to provide a better experience for users, she said.
The General Services Administration undercharged other agencies for fuel on leased vehicles, often letting them pay less than the amount of fuel used, a May 7 Government Accountability Office report says. Under GSA's leasing-rate structure, fuel costs are covered by a monthly fee based on miles traveled and average fuel cost, but not on actual fuel used.
An interagency team has created new models for structuring online content in a way that makes it easier for agencies to publish information for desktop browsers, mobile devices, social media and other outlets without manually adapting the content each time.
With a focus on flexibility, interoperability and converged IP services, the General Services Administration plans to help agencies shift to next-generation telecommunications and IT infrastructure services, according to newly-published strategy documents from the agency.
"If things go well, there's not the equivalent of equity or stock options" that private sector risk-takers can receive, said Tom Kalil, a deputy director at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
The General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management have teamed up to create a contract to provide training services to all agencies through private companies, GSA announced April 28. The deal will represent the largest governmentwide contract vehicle for training services, the announcement says.
At the urging of several procurement industry groups, the General Services Administration has created a position to act as a liaison between the federal government and its vendors. Back in February, Millisa Gary was appointed as GSA procurement ombudsman to work with the agencies' industry partners to "ensure their voice is heard," said GSA Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung in an April 24 statement.
The General Services Administration's federal social media registry allows those with a.gov or.mil email address to register federal accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and, soon, Instagram. The registry – which serves as the federal government's solution for addressing copycat and unauthorized social media accounts – likely won't stop with Instagram either.