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DHS helps mobile firm move into GSA's Schedule 70 fast lane

Shutterstock image (by retrorocket): Cutting red tape.

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate helped a small technology company get onto the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 in just 35 days, shaving months off the typical time frame.

Kryptowire is a small-business developer and provider of tools that allow agencies to analyze the security and privacy of apps (both their own and third-party ) used in the workplace. Kryptowire was one of the companies S&T named in a Mobile Device Security research and development project last August.

With S&T's help, Kryptowire was one of the first companies to use GSA's new fast-track process to get on its massive IT Schedule 70 multiple-award contract. With the Making It Easier initiative, GSA officials are seeking to attract new, innovative vendors by simplifying the sometimes-lengthy process to get onto Schedule 70.

"The important thing is that we transitioned important cybersecurity technology from a small start-up R&D project into a mechanism where federal government agencies can now purchase and make use of this tool," said Vincent Sritapan, an S&T program manager.

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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