Procurement

GSA to update IT procurement web portal

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The General Services Administration is looking to update its secure Web portal workspace that federal IT managers tap to order from and organize their use of governmentwide telecommunications contracts.

The updated capabilities will allow managers and vendors to collaborate and exchange acquisition data for the Networx, Washington Interagency Telecommunications System (WITS) 3, and Connections II multiple-award telecommunications and networking services and solutions contracting vehicles, GSA said in a sources-sought notice posted Oct. 18 on FedBizOpps.

The Office of Integrated Technology Services at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service said the new hosting center will replace its current Network Services Programs Hosting Center, which provides information processing support for GSA's acquisition programs.

The new hosting center should support current capabilities, including providing and maintaining databases of contract pricing and inventory, vendor support databases and automated tools for preparing pre-award proposals or post-award contract modifications.

FAS wants to implement either a cloud-based or physically hosted managed service, with vendors providing the cloud-based implementation. Agency officials are also looking for vendors to develop or provide a price quote application accessible via the Web portal to support Networx, WITS 3 and Connections II.

The GSA notice specified that the updated Web portal should provide 24-hour access seven days a week and have 99.5 percent uptime.

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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