Acquisition

Schedule 70 sees growth in fiscal 2015

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The General Services Administration's IT Schedule 70 pulled in $14.8 billion in business in fiscal 2015 -- an increase of 3 percent, or $424 million, from the previous year. Federal agencies use the schedule to buy IT products, services and solutions from almost 5,000 preapproved contractors.

In a Jan. 25 blog post, Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services, said agencies spent most of their IT procurement money on three categories: professional services, perpetual software licenses and hardware.

The hardware and professional services Special Item Numbers (SINs) saw the heaviest use. Their growth was up 14 percent, to $1.74 billion in fiscal 2015. Professional services spending climbed $211 million -- the largest increase on Schedule 70.

Davie said the Office of Management and Budget's guidance for agencies to use IT Schedule 70 as one of three contract vehicles in the Government-wide Strategic Solutions for Desktops and Laptops is good news for IT Schedule 70's hardware SIN.

That initiative's strategic goal to centralize and standardize the purchase of laptop and desktop computers will bring better transparency, pricing and value to federal agencies, she said.

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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