FCW: GSA sketches next steps for CEOS, Polaris and EIS

“The General Services Administration is continuing to develop a civilian version of the Pentagon’s Defense Enterprise Office Solutions (DEOS) blanket purchase agreement for cloud-based productivity tools. The Defense Department’s contact vehicle supplies Microsoft 365 cloud-based email, productivity and communications apps. A GSA official explained in a Dec. 9 virtual event hosted by AFFIRM that a Civilian Enterprise Office Solutions (CEOS) contract requires a different approach.”

“‘Agencies are much different in how they’re federated compared to the DOD,’ Allen Hill, acting deputy assistant commissioner for category management in the Federal Acquisition Service’s Office of Information Technology Category, said. ‘That takes more planning. You can’t just put in an acquisition vehicle and everybody gets in line. We’re taking a more strategic approach of what types of services to include in CEOS.’”

“GSA’s fiscal 2021 priorities also include a new small business multiple award contract and helping agencies take up its next-generation telecommunications contract.”

“’FY 21 is a big year for Polaris and STARS III,’ said Laura Stanton, assistant commissioner of the Office of Information Technology Category, in the GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, referring to the agency’s two emerging small business-centric multiple award contracts.”

“Bids for the 8(a) Streamlined Technology Acquisition Resource for Services III contract closed in August, Stanton said during a Dec. 9 AFFIRM webcast on the agency’s priorities for the coming months. ‘We’re looking at getting that awarded in 2021,’ she said…” Read the full article here.

Source: GSA sketches next steps for CEOS, Polaris and EIS – By Mark Rockwell, December 11, 2020. FCW.



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