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.
The General Services Administration will create an online repository containing data on much agencies have paid for particular goods and services, an April 9 GSA blog post says. The GSA will develop the Common Acquisition Platform – an online platform to guide agencies through the total acquisition process, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service head Tom Sharpe said in the blog post.
The General Services Administration took its first public step in starting up a contract vehicle for governmentwide telecommunications services to replace Networx, its current vehicle that's scheduled to expire in spring of 2017.
The General Services Administration says agencies have cut wireless costs by almost a quarter by using Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative wireless blanket purchase agreements.