Weekly Roundup April 27 – May 1 2015

Weekly Roundup
April 27 – May 1 2015

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

Two leaders from the General Services Administration offered glimpses to industry this week on current progress and next steps for two of its flagship governmentwide contract vehicles for professional services and telecommunications.

Jim Ghiloni, who oversees the OASIS professional services vehicle for GSA, saidWednesday agencies have so far obligated $200 million under that contract and the vehicle’s task orders have a total ceiling value of $900 million with options.

GSA eventually wants to place 10 percent of the federal government’s estimated $600 billion in annual spending on professional services under the OASIS vehicle, Ghiloni said.

“We are in the early part of the curve and we should see the exponential expansion by the end of this year and early next year,” he added.

Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of the integrated technology service office at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, announced Monday two new initiatives to communicate with industry on the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

GSA wanted to heighten its communication with vendors after GSA received 1,500 comments after it released the draft request for proposals for EIS in February, she said.

The agency will facilitate a three-part information exchange series and an online community to gather feedback on EIS, a component of GSA’s Network Services 2020 framework that Davie referred to as a “core element” in NS2020.

“This is vital to ensure… industry partners have input early into the contract,” Davie said.

Mike Maiorana, a Verizon senior vice president who leads its public sector business, told ExecutiveBiz in an interview published this week EIS and its NS2020 umbrella will see agencies purchase services from firms like Verizon on a “pre-competed basis.”

Maiorana also discussed the impact of the FedRAMP cloud computing initiative on industry and offered up other shared service areas he believes a similar-type program could help agencies in.

“There is significant opportunity in the areas of HR, financial operations and IT with the unified communications services that we are delivering to government at the federal, state and higher education level,” Maiorana said.

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The current state of cloud computing in the federal government and what could be in store going forward will be the item of discussion at the Potomac Officers Club’s “FedRAMP Forum” May 14 in Falls Church, Va.

Matt Goodrich, who leads the FedRAMP program for the General Services Administration, will address the breakfast event for GovCon and government executives, as will Claudio Belloli, FedRAMP’s cyber program manager.

Katie Lewin, one of FedRAMP’s architects in her former role as cloud computing director at GSA, will also offer her insight and perspective to the audience.

Click here to register for the FedRAMP Forum and to view the POC event calendar.

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