“Our goal is to get down to one, but we may end up with two or three professional services schedule,” said Tiffany Hixson, professional services category executive at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service.
“We are really hoping that will make it much easier for federal contracting officers to get those services, in particular where we have a requirement that covers a number of services areas.”
Against this evolving backdrop, GSA and its leadership role in federal acquisitions was the focus of the Potomac Officers Club
breakfast forum “GSA Strategies, Technologies & Programs.”
Sonny Hashmi, who became the agency’s full-time CIO in the spring, kicked off the event by detailing how GSA wants to accomplish “Better Buying Power” and leverage the government’s position as a customer.
The former GSA CTO also discussed how the government could respond to rising trends in worldwide access to broadband Internet and social media.
PV Puvvada, acting president of Unisys’ federal business, moderated a panel discussion with three other GSA leaders for the second half of the event.
GSA officials on the panel included Jim Ghiloni, acting director of acquisition operations for agency supplies and services; Maria Roat, director of the FedRAMP cloud computing initiative; and GSA Deputy Administrator Denise Roth.
Puvvada and the panelists discussed how GSA is working with other agencies such as the Air Force to adopt the agency’s OASIS vehicle, which is intended as a single mechanism for acquiring professional services.