From Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic President & Founder
The federal government’s primary acquisition body wants to place several contract vehicles it uses to acquire professional services for agencies into a single schedule to help contracting officers better manage purchases.
Under this initiative, the General Services Administration would consolidate seven of its government-wide vehiclesinto a single schedule and use similar approach to how GSA managed the Alliant IT services vehicle.
GSA plans to kick start discussions with contractors on the consolidation move in October and finish the transition to a single schedule by November 2015.
“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‘s Wednesday 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.
Preferred Systems Solutions has purchasedGlobal Services & Solutions Inc. in a push to expand opportunities in the Defense Department market.
“The acquisition of GSS strengthens our long-standing commitment to working with our government partners to efficiently and effectively accomplish their critical national security missions,” said Scott Goss, CEO of PSS.
PSS has appointed Jim Ballard president of its federal services group.
Ballard is the former president of GSS and previously served as COO and president at Perot Systems Government Services.
Nick Hopkinson has beenappointed cyber strategy director for Northrop Grumman’s U.K. subsidiary, where he will oversee programs aimed at helping the company expand its footprint in the cyber and intelligence markets.
The 30-year industry veteran most recently led CSC’s European security business.
“Nick brings to Northrop Grumman a range of industry and government experience including working across government departments in addressing some of the most critical national security challenges,” said Andrew Tyler, Northrop CEO for Europe.
Hopkinson will also be responsible for offerings in the field of active response security across electromagnetic and digital environments.
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