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Vendors are moving briskly in GSA's FASt Lane trial

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Forty-four companies made it through the General Services Administration's trial of a simplified, fast-track admission process for its IT Schedule 70 contract, with a third of those getting contracts within 20 days, according to the agency.

GSA's FASt Lane process, part of the Making It Easier initiative unveiled on April 6, shortens what has been a sometimes lengthy contract award process. The previous Schedule 70 process had been an obstacle for small companies and a turn-off for some innovative high-tech companies that are new to the federal market.

In the months before the official announcement, GSA processed 44 companies via FASt Lane and reduced the processing time from an average of 110 days to 29 days, with 35 percent of the awards completed in less than 20 days.

Kryptowire, a small-business developer and provider of tools that allow agencies to analyze the security and privacy of mobile apps, was one of the first companies to complete the new process. It was helped by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate.

Other companies that have used the accelerated process include Salmon Group, a small, disabled-veteran-owned company that provides multidisciplinary services to the public and private sectors, and SynchroCyber, a small business that provides network security, identity and management access solutions.

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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