In December, the White House announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would serve as the first of GSA’s Center of Excellence (CoE) for IT Modernization. USDA is at the forefront for implementing the Trump administration’s IT Modernization Plan with a series of acquisitions covering multiple skill sets, technology stacks, and application portfolios. Multiple Award BPA Under Phase 1, in March 2018, USDA awarded five contracts to collaborate and partner with the agency on strategy and planning for upcoming bids. On July 30, 2018, USDA released its first Phase 2 CoE acquisition under GSA Schedule 70 via e-Buy, due August 10: a multiple award Blanket Purchasing Agreement (BPA) for Infrastructure Optimization Cloud Adoption. With a two-year period of performance, the program will require the selected vendors to work with USDA’s Cloud Platform Services (CPS) organization responsible for enterprise-wide cloud adoption and infrastructure optimization. USDA plans to make an award … Continue reading Set Your Sights on USDA Centers of Excellence Bids for Q4 and Beyond
By now, federal contractors realize that they must own multiple award contracts to compete in the $95 billion federal market. (If we subtract classified spending from this figure, fiscal 2017 IT spending topped $80 billion). Meanwhile, IT modernization and related initiatives such as strategic sourcing, category management, and Better Buying Power are dramatically shrinking the number of prime contracts. Best in Class (BIC) preferred and mandatory vehicles are further decreasing buying options. If you don’t have the MACs, you simply cannot compete. If you don’t believe me, look at the numbers. In 2012, according to Bloomberg Government, the federal government spent $6 billion on IT products and services through IT government wide acquisition contracts (GWACs). Overall, by 2017, that figure topped $13 billion with well over 60 percent of IT spending happening through GWACs and other MACs, including agency-specific IDIQs. In that same period, set-aside spending on MACs grew 137 … Continue reading Behind the curtain: A look at the government’s hidden market
The White House’s recently released IT Modernization Report, out for public comment until September 20, says all the right things. The American Technology Council draft, required by Executive Order (EO) 13800, Strengthening the Cybersecurity of Federal Networks and Critical Infrastructure, recommends that agencies take the following steps to secure and modernize federal IT: Modernize and consolidate networks: Cloud computing, modernization of government-hosted applications, and better security for legacy systems. Use shared services to enable future network architectures: Commercial cloud, cloud email and collaboration tools, and additional security for shared services. These initiatives are like motherhood and apple pie, sure to enjoy bipartisan support. Game theory Appendix D of the draft report recommends an acquisition pilot that applies Nash equilibrium, a game theory, to create virtual “street corners” to drive better government-wide volume pricing for cloud email providers, thus lowering costs and speeding migration. Appendix D also throws in a shout … Continue reading IT modernization has bipartisan support, but where are the dollars?
According to NextGov, Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas) will reintroduce the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act this week. Hurd, with Representative Gerry Connolly (D-Virginia), originally sponsored MGT in September 2016 to tackle the Federal Government’s aging IT infrastructure. The previous administration had proposed a $3.1 billion IT Modernization Fund to address the fact that up to 90% of agency IT budgets go to legacy system sustainment. The Office of Science and Technology Policy issued an exit memo (no longer available on the White House website) with 10 actions to address technology challenges. It will be interesting to see whether the new bill offers specific implementation action items. Last year, the House passed the MGT Act, but time ran out and it never passed the Senate. At the time, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated that implementation would cost $9 billion from 2017–2021. The new bill is likely to create working IT … Continue reading The IT Modernization Bill lives!