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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 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.

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