Rolling Down the FedRAMP

GSA recently announced the launch of the FedRAMP Tailored Baseline for Cloud Service Providers with Low Impact Software-as-a-Service systems. FedRAMP Tailored aims to support solutions that have low risk and low costs for agencies. This means a streamlined process for a variety of applications. Tailored also standardizes an approach to determine risks associated with cloud applications and provides the government with the freedom to use the cloud while maintaining security.

FedRAMP tailored was open for comment in January and July of 2017. The program provides base security control requirements for industry to meet. Agency authorizing officials are responsible for adding controls where necessary for compliance. GSA believes “The FedRAMP program, including our goals for Tailored, is a key part of issuing an informed, risk-based authority to operate.”

For more information, see the FedRAMP Tailored website. 

And the medal goes to….

 Recipients and Winners of the EIS contract

The ten prime contractors, announced on 1 August 2017, have publicly received new information on who is eligible for which task orders in various cities and categories. That data will inform transition plans for agencies, and describe the competition field for vendors.

Contractors on EIS telecom contract

GSA required all participants to bid on the top 25 EIS Core Based Statistical Areas in order to qualify for the contract. The GSA maps for the contract show Washington DC as the number one CBSA.

The data provided for the contract is more complex than similar service matrices for past contracts (like Networx) because EIS offers more options and more competition. GSA doubled the number of providers who cover the contract from the contractors on Networx, and each of 932 areas has multiple options for providers.

For more information, view the data on Interact.

Uncle Sam Wants You … To Comment on Acquisition Regulations

Per the Trump administration’s mandate, GSA continues to streamline federal regulations. They have subsequently requested industry comment on policies that may be due for repeal, modification, or replacement. GSA especially needs input on less recent items, such as evergreen contracting. The office also encourages information on newsworthy topics such as the Transactional Data Reporting rule.

Of particular interest are regulations that inhibit job creation, seem outdated, have more drawbacks than benefits, create serious inconsistencies, derive  from non-transparent data, or rely on executive orders that have since been rescinded.

Send in your comments to take advantage of this opportunity to comment  on GSA’s policies and practices. Read more at https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-05-30/pdf/2017-11052.pdf

 

EIS Schedules (tele)Coming to America

GSA Asks for Industry Help Transitioning to EIS Contracts

GSA is moving small agencies and Native American tribes that hold telecommunications Networx and WITS 3 contracts to Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions(EIS) contracts. Officials expect a May 2020 completion date for the transition.

GSA asked industry for input on how to transition these 36 entities to the new plans.

If groups do not have the resources to transition, they can ask GSA to do most of the heavy lifting. However, groups that use this service must reimburse GSA through contract fees.

For more information, read the RFI.

Disaster Response for Contractors

As a contractor to the US government, what should be our response to disasters? How can we help? We see pictures of the devastation, and it seems very far away. There is a hurricane approaching the coast of Florida. Baton Rouge needs rebuilding. Fires in California have been burning for weeks.

Helping as a contractor is simple: continue offering your products and services; specifically, reach out to state and local governments in regions that need assistance.

The federal government extends GSA pricing to state and local governments during times of emergency recovery. GSA Schedules offer the lowest rates and the least hassle for many  government entities in crisis. By buying through GSA, communities are able to recover sooner and with less expense. When there are serious emergencies, you don’t have to do something extraordinary. Simply being available and offering your business expertise may be the best thing you can do.  

There are certain indicators that we plan on: agency forecasts and contract cycles. But we should also be aware that every year there tragedies happen. Expected, yet unpredictable. These events can  motivate you to help rebuild the lives of others. Offering your products and services through the GSA to areas in need is a great way for you to help immediately.