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SUMMER VACATION AT GSA? NOT HARDLY

The General Services Administration continues to work on acquisition and IT management projects, even as many head to the beach or buckle in for the last two months of the fiscal year.  Here are three things the agency is working on that made the news this week:

1Fine-Tuning the Ascend Cloud RFP:  GSA sent out a new draft this week for the Ascend cloud procurement, a project that could channel as much as $5 billion in cloud acquisitions.  Contractors have a chance to comment on the draft and help shape the procurement.

2.  Promoting the Technology Modernization Fund in Congress:  The Technology Modernization Fund is a key revenue source for agencies seeking to upgrade outdated tech solutions.  More recent discussions have been about using the fund to improve various customer experience capabilities.  Administrator Robin Carnahan met with House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and other House leaders this week to promote the program’s success and seek House assistance in ensuring that the Fund continues to have a viable amount of funding in FY’23.  This is important leadership on a program of interest to contractors and their customers.

3Staffing Up the CIO’s Office:  GSA CIO Dave Shive has recently added 25 new tech hires to his office and another 40 are said to be on the way.  Key positions being filled include DevSecOps engineers, designers, product managers, and cloud engineers.  The additions will definitely change how contractors support the CIO’s office and could give GSA the ability to work with other agencies who need help in these areas.  GSA continues to move on important IT and acquisition projects.  Look for the second round of Polaris RFP’s in September.

CMMC VOLUNTARY CERTIFICATIONS MOVE FORWARD

Contractors can begin voluntary Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification assessments next month even in the absence of a final rule on what the exact standards will be.  The voluntary assessments will be conducted under the Defense Department’s Joint Surveillance Program and will result in companies’ receiving CMMC Level Two accreditation once the requirements become effective.  Level Three was believed to be the minimum level needed to work as a prime Read more

PROTEST IN THE FOURTH QUARTER? SURE, IF YOU HAVE A GOOD REASON

Contractors are busy pursuing year-end business right now, but one thing they shouldn’t forget in their tool kit is the ability to protest.  Contractors should always ensure that their rights and ability to compete fairly are protected, no matter whether it’s August or April.  While frivolous protests may, indeed, harm a customer relationship, most federal officials know that contractors may protest if there’s a reason.  Feds often build time for protests into their acquisition cycle in anticipation of protests, especially on large projects.  Knowing what and Read more

SENATORS SEEK TO STREAMLINE IT ACQUISITION

The theory in Congress must be that federal IT acquisition needs new legislation every 25 years or so to undo many of the rules Congress implemented on acquisition since the last reform bill was passed.  Federal IT acquisition now has another shot at being legislatively streamlined, thanks to the AGILE Procurement Act, co-sponsored by Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Joni Ernst (R-IA).  This Act would require the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and the General Services Administration to streamline the ability of the federal government to Read more

PURSUING A NEW CONTRACT? THREE TIPS TO MAKE SURE YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF IT

More and more businesses, especially small firms, are pursuing Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts.  They can be fast and easy ways for government to purchase and may even carry a “Best in Class” designation, providing more encouragement for agencies to use them.  If your company is new to this, or there’s just a new opportunity to pursue, here are three quick tips to ensure your company prepares itself for success. Read more