Category: Information Technology

Lessons from the Frontline: the MAS Program as a Market Facilitator Not a Market Manager

On May 15, 2017, the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) held an industry day focused on the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program.  The

When is “Re-opening” a GSA Schedule Really Closing a Market Channel for Commercial Offerings and Small Businesses?

In 2010, the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), in the name of “Demand Management,” closed Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) 75 – Office Products and Supplies (Schedule 75) to new offers.  Under

The Dog Days of Summer

  The Dog Days of Summer typically see a slow-down in the procurement policy world.  Not this year!  Since Memorial Day, we have seen the issuance of the GSAR Commercial

Cloud Contract Vehicles—Issues to Consider

  On March 23rd, GSA issued a post on GSA Interact seeking “feedback on Cloud ConFIG’s (Cloud Contract Fostering Innovation in Government) Scope Statement.”  GSA’s most recent post on market

DHA and GSA: Addressing contract duplication and the role of IT Schedule 70

Last month the Defense Health Agency (DHA) announced its decision to partner with the General Services Administration (GSA) to satisfy its Health Information Technology (HIT) requirements. The Coalition applauds this

Uncertainty in the Federal IT Marketplace:

The questions surrounding NS2020’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) procurement.  EIS is the Federal Acquisition Service’s (FAS’s) follow-on telecommunications procurement that will replace the current Networx contracts.  In April, 2014, FAS’s

The Coalition’s Comments on NS2020

For this week’s FAR and Beyond Blog, I’d like to share the Coalition’s comments to GSA on NS2020:       March 31, 2015   Timothy J. Horan Contracting Officer

Federal Times Blog on GSA Proposed Change to Add a Cloud Computing Special Item Number (SIN) on IT Schedule 70

  For this week’s comment I wanted to share with you a blog post first published on the Federal Times’ Acquisition Blog ( The post highlights GSA’s current cloud RFI. The Coalition appreciates GSA’s decision to

GSA’s Proposal for Cloud Services on IT Schedule 70

Last week GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Office of Schedule Programs issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking feedback on “GSA Proposed Change to Add a Cloud Computing Special Item

Thought No. 6 of the Fourteen Thoughts for 2014: “Standardized labor categories: Towards coin-operated Schedule contracts for professional services.”

This week’s blog continues the discussion on Schedules Modernization.   I was interviewed this week by Federal News Radio’s Francis Rose regarding schedules modernization; to listen click here. At the beginning of