Acquisition

GSA plots Schedule 70 cyber assurance SIN

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The General Services Administration wants to create a new category identifier under its Schedule 70 government wide acquisition vehicle that would highlight cyber and information assurance products and services.

GSA issued a request for information on Aug. 12 asking for input on its proposal to add a new special item number (SIN) under IT Schedule 70 indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity multiple award schedule contract vehicle specifically for Cybersecurity/Information Assurance (CyberIA) products and services. 

SINs allow customers to easily identify and order related products and services using the contract.

The agency said the addition would give customers a better way to way to find CyberIA products in the massive multiple award schedule, as well as increase their visibility and give vendors a way to differentiate their CyberIA products from related IT products.

According to the RFI, the proposed SIN categories would include hardware, software and services associated with:

●       Information assurance.

●       Virus detection.

●       Intrusion detection and prevention.

●       Network management.

●       Situational awareness and incident response.

●       Secure web hosting.

●       Backup and security services.

●       Communications security.

GSA unveiled in April a SIN for cloud services, to better allow federal agency customers to find those services in the massive Schedule 70.

And earlier this year GSA asked for industry input on plans for a health IT products SIN.

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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