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GSA Schedule | Technology

What Contractors Need to Know About GSA's Governmentwide Cloud BPA

By: Stephanie Hagan
June 21st, 2022

Another opportunity is on the horizon for GSA IT contractors. GSA is in the process of creating a governmentwide Cloud Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) against the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) focusing on cloud technologies. Recently named Ascend, this contract vehicle will serve as a one-stop-shop for government customers to acquire secure cloud service offerings from GSA contractors. GSA is currently seeking advice from the private sector and they have released a draft Performance Work Statement (PWS) in anticipation of the draft solicitation. Let’s breakdown this upcoming BPA and what it could mean for you as an IT contractor.

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GSA Schedule | Technology

Federal Government Spending: The Top 10 Special Item Numbers (SINs)

By: Julien Cannon
May 27th, 2022

Just like the commercial world, it’s important to periodically research what the current federal marketplace looks like and where it may be headed. Tracking federal government spending allows you know which agencies are spending the most money and what they are most interested buying. As we move through the 3rd quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, the government is gearing up for the Q4 spending spree, so it's important to take note of agencies' procurement habits and how your business can prepare. 

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Top 10 Reasons to Get on the GSA Schedule

Top 10 Reasons to Get on the GSA Schedule

Do you know what the real benefits of being on the GSA Schedule are? Learn the top 10 reasons (and advantages) why you should consider it.

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GSA Schedule | Technology

Polaris: GSA's New Small Business IT Contract

By: Stephanie Hagan
April 8th, 2022

Important update about the Polaris RFP: GSA has temporarily halted the award of the Polaris RFP following a pre-award challenge. During this pause, GSA will assess the concerns raised over the treatment of Joint Ventures in the RFP. The pre-award challenge warned that the current methodology used in the solicitation to assess the experience of prospective contractors engaged in a Joint Venture could violate Small Business Administration rules.  The proposal due date will be extended, but the due date for questions has NOT been changed. The opening of the Polaris submission portal will also be paused. Questions are still due by April 18, 2022.

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Government | Technology

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Issues Shields Up Advisory Amid Tension with Russia

By: Stephanie Hagan
February 24th, 2022

The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued a Shields Up Advisory amid growing geopolitical tensions surrounding Russia and Ukraine. In addition to the recent tensions, CISA and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have observed regular targeting of U.S. cleared defense contractors (CDCs) by Russian-state sponsored cyber actors from January 2020 to February 2022.

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Government Business Development | Technology

Top 5 IT Industry NAICS Codes and their Spending Trends

By: Stephanie Hagan
February 11th, 2022

Information Technology (IT) modernization in the federal government has been on the rise for several years, and there's no slowing down in sight. In fact, the White House FY 2022 Federal IT Budget request was the highest it's ever been, and included increasing the Technology Modernization Fund (TMF) by $500 million, as well as improving the federal IT workforce, among other initiatives. It's safe to say that IT modernization has become a top priority in federal procurement. So why take a closer look at the top IT-North American Industry Classification (NAICS) Codes through the GSA Schedule? 

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Government | Technology

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) 2.0 is Here

By: Stephanie Hagan
November 8th, 2021

CMMC 2.0 is here—the Department of Defense (DoD) announced the revamped version of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) on November 4, 2021. CMMC, a cybersecurity compliance program for defense contractors, is intended to verify that contractors are taking the appropriate cybersecurity practices and measures. Contractors in the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) have been following CMMC closely as it’s slowly being phased into notices, requirements, and solicitations.

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