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GSA 'family plans' post savings

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The "family plan" blanket purchase agreements launched by GSA's Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative program are realizing 24 percent savings compared with previous wireless agreements and current average rates across the federal government, according to Mary Davie, assistant commissioner at GSA's integrated technology services.

In fiscal 2014, the average monthly adoption growth through January has exceeded 100 percent, according to an April 3 blog post by Davie. As the FSSI Wireless program continues to grow, Davie said she thinks the federal government will realize 24 cents savings for every dollar spent on wireless services and devices.

The BPA deals unveiled by GSA last May include three basic services packages available from AT&T, Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile and Verizon. The packages are split into voice-only, data add-on and data-only. All three packages are metered, with pooled minutes for voice and data-only. Voice-only users can choose from 100, 400 and 900 minute plans, while data add-on and data-only users can select from 50 MB, 500 MB and 5 GB buckets.

GSA has added the option to use both eBuy and reverse auction to buy FSSI wireless services, which can lower costs even more, Davie said.

Correction: Because of incorrect information supplied by GSA, an earlier version of this story misstated the amount of savings the program has provided.

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Mark Rockwell is a staff writer covering acquisition, procurement and homeland security. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.

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