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GSA portal aids in contract selection

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The IT Solutions Navigator helps agencies determine the best contracts for their needs with less time and effort. (Stock image)

GSA has launched a new electronic tool designed to help federal, state and local agencies find their way through the growing thicket of federal IT purchasing contracts.

In an Aug. 8 post on GSA's interactive communities webpage and cross-posted on its IT Schedule 70 community page, the agency said its IT Solutions Navigator portal will help government data center and technology managers winnow down product and service choices.

The navigator searches among government-wide acquisition contracts, Schedule 70 and network service contracts. It tailors its results based on the user's level of government (federal, state or local), IT needs and acquisition requirements. It comes up with a specific GWAC or other large contract that would best fit the need, as well as a few other options.

"We are in constant contact with our customers and we understand the challenges they face with IT acquisition. We've heard how difficult it is to find the optimal contract vehicles to meet their requirements," GSA Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services Mary Davie said in the post. "In response to these challenges, we developed the IT Solutions Navigator tool."

Read the full GSA post here.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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