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.
Monitors, computers, smart phones and other electronics would need to be sold, donated offered to other agencies or recycled through a certified electronic waste recycler, the proposed rule says. Office electronics are made with rare and precious metals, plastic and glass, all of which can be recycled.
As part of its mobile device expense management program, the General Services Administration recently launched a guide for agencies and list of companies offering expense management products.
Private sector cloud providers with a FedRAMP provisional authorization making them eligible to sell services to federal agencies will have about a year to implement the new minimum set of security controls.
The General Services Administration has identified 19 renovation projects with a price tag of $67.4 million the agency says will lead to long term savings. The renovations, which include the creation of open work spaces, will allow agencies to rent 507,000 fewer square feet of space, saving them $17 million per year, GSA says.
Acquisition experts see a March 13 Defense Department memo directing its contracting officers to seek prices lower than the general schedule as redundant and as a sign that contracting officers aren't getting the training they need. The Federal Acquisition Regulation already says that contracting officers shall seek a price reduction when the order exceeds the simplified acquisition threshold of $150,000.