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How GSA is making software contracts more like commercial sales

How GSA is making software contracts more like commercial sales

The General Services Administration made updates to three special item numbers on it’s major IT contract. (SvetaZi/Getty Images) The General Services Administration has adjusted some components of its IT Schedule 70 contract to give agencies a more efficient way to buy software services, the agency announced April 16. Three […] Click here to view original …

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How DUNS Number Changes Could Affect Your Business

How DUNS Number Changes Could Affect Your Business

Businesses of all sizes should know of a significant change in the way government grants and contracts will be handled. The General Services Administration (GSA) announced in an interview with Nextgov.com that they are changing vendors for their federal contractor numbering system – better known as the DUNS (Data […] Click here to view original …

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GSA Issues RFQ for COMET Architecture, Engineering, Advisory Contract

GSA Issues RFQ for COMET Architecture, Engineering, Advisory Contract

The General Services Administration is seeking information on industry services for an architecture, engineering and advisory task order in support of the agency’s information technology modernization. GSA announced Friday on FedBizOpps the request for quotation for the AEA portion of its Chief Information Officer Modernization and Enterprise Transformation contract. […] Click here to view original …

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809 Panel recommendation will bring more innovative small businesses to DoD | Federal News Network

809 Panel recommendation will bring more innovative small businesses to DoD | Federal News Network

The Section 809 Panel, created by Congress in the fiscal 2016 National Defense Authorization Act to streamline and codify defense acquisition, recently published the third and final volume of its Final Report. In this volume, the panel made a bold recommendation (No. 35) to replace current, cumbersome buying practices with a new authority called readily available. In …

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New GSA tools vow to ‘make it easier’ to enter IT Schedule 70 | Federal News Network

New GSA tools vow to ‘make it easier’ to enter IT Schedule 70 | Federal News Network

Typically, vendors interested in entering Schedule 70 must meet a two-year professional experience requirement.The IT Schedule 70 Startup Springboard is an alternative, targeted to new start-ups with less than two years of experience. Instead, Roth said GSA will consider other alternatives when evaluating a start-up company’s offer, such as the experience of the executives involved …

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Quick Hits

Quick Hits

*** The Office of Personnel Management is looking for ways to integrate artificial intelligence tools to help its current workforce, including non-techies. In an April 9 contracting notice , OPM announced it is seeking ideas from industry on natural language processing tools that can summarize texts, perform sentiment analysis, […] Click here to view original …

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GSA Releases RFQ for First Half of COMET

GSA Releases RFQ for First Half of COMET

The General Services Administration (GSA) released the first half of its major IT refresh, the CIO Modernization and Enterprise Transformation (COMET) contract, the agency announced in a posting on April 12. The RFQ is open until April 29. The portion up for competition – Architecture, Engineering, and Advisory Support […] Click here to view original …

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Improving federal solicitations’ ‘scary low’ Section 508 accessibility compliance

Improving federal solicitations’ ‘scary low’ Section 508 accessibility compliance

The General Services Administration plans to begin final testing of its artificial intelligence-enabled Solicitation Review Tool in July before launching in September, said Marina Fox, DotGov domain services manager. Every federal agency has its own process for writing solicitations, and oftentimes Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is an […] Click here to view original …

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FEMA contractor at center of privacy violation provides services to many other agencies

FEMA contractor at center of privacy violation provides services to many other agencies

Late last-year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was found to have exposed 2.3 million disaster survivors to identity theft and fraud by unnecessarily sending sensitive data to a government contractor administering FEMA’s emergency lodging program. The contractor, who failed to flag for FEMA the data oversharing, was found […] Click here to view original …

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