GSA issues multibillion-dollar
The General Services Administration (GSA) plans to launch a potential $2.5 billion competition to update the government payroll and work schedule and leave management systems. A FedBizOpps notice says GSA considers awarding one or two blanket purchase agreements with a performance period of between 10 and 13 years under the NewPay Software as a Service Solution Procurement program. The agency and the Office of Management and Budget will conduct the acquisition through a phased evaluation approach among Information Technology Schedule 70 contract holders under Special Item Numbers 132-40 and 132-51.
The General Services Administration (GSA) and IBM reached a government enterprise agreement for the company’s database platforms under the IT Schedule 70 Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act Enhancement Program. Alan Thomas,
General Services Administration (GSA) officials are encouraging agencies to submit proposals with emerging technology applications. In a webinar detailing how agencies can submit IT modernization proposals for financing from the central fund administered by GSA, Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) Executive Director Elizabeth Cain and Justin Herman, GSA’s head of the Emerging Citizen Technology Office, said the overseeing TMF board “is specifically interested in projects that leverage emerging technologies.” Herman, whose office leads the governmentwide community for emerging tech efforts, plans to host a workshop June 8 encouraging agencies to submit proposals with emerging technology applications for TMF funding.
According to federal CIO Suzette Kent, there used to be a time when the government was at the leading edge of technological innovation. But federal agencies have fallen so far behind that they will have to work aggressively just to catch up with basic private sector practices. Kent says agencies will have to pursue decades-long data and IT modernization plans so that government services meet the expectations citizens have cultivated from commercial tech experiences. Matt Lira, special assistant to the president for innovation policy and initiatives, said that he expects the modernization of government IT and management to be a problem that could take 20 or more years and that policies implemented across agencies will have to account for that length of time. The administration intends to address problems such as those through the President’s Management Agenda by emphasizing projects that break
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