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GSA: No freeze on adding vendors to services schedules

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The General Services Administration is not temporarily suspending adding new vendors to its professional services schedule, as a recent news report had said.

A GSA spokeswoman told FCW on Aug. 28 that the agency in July had indeed planned to stop adding new vendors for a few months, but has since identified a solution that will ensure the agency can continue to accept new offers on all professional services schedules as it investigates and develops alternative solutions for the professional services category.

"GSA is moving forward with plans to align its professional services offerings around the principles of category management," said the spokeswoman via email. "The agency's work to develop the Common Acquisition Platform and a Government Acquisition Marketplace will offer agencies at all levels of government the tools and expertise they need to make smarter and more efficient buying decisions."

The spokeswoman also said that, starting on Sept. 28, GSA's Interact website will begin providing industry with information about the consolidation initiative, including high-level milestones for the project.

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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