GSA CLOSE TO REALIZING TANGHERLINI’S DREAM
When former GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini publicly stated that his agency was on a mission to re-establish itself as the go-to agency for federal acquisition many in industry and government were skeptical. The agency was losing qualified people and had a string of high-profile embarrassments. Now, however, GSA seems poised to make good on Tangherlini’s pledge. First, sales on the GSA Schedule program went up last year for the first time in several years, due in part to the consolidation of all professional service schedules and the initiation of OMB’s desktop/laptop plan directing federal buyers to use the IT Schedule as one of three approved vehicles. Second, GSA issued, and is on track to make awards on, a massive Enterprise Information Services contract that will be the government’s largest telecomm buying vehicle for a host of solutions, including cloud. Third, the agency is poised to issue the much-anticipated Alliant II RFP, its popular IT solutions IDIQ. While not all GSA endeavors may succeed (transactional database?), the agency is taking definitive steps to make clear that federal agencies can rely on it for a host of acquisition needs. A firm hand during and after the Presidential transition will be key to keeping the best ideas flowing and keeping the agency focused on customer service.