Acquisition

GSA leader goes west to talk modernization, tech buying

Denise Turner Roth.

A West Coast swing by GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth will update vendors on IT acquisition policy developments.

The General Services Administration's top executive is on the West Coast to talk with high-tech companies about her agency's role in the Cybersecurity National Action Plan and the proposed $3.1 billion revolving fund for agency IT modernization.

GSA Administrator Denise Turner Roth and other officials will explain CNAP's acquisition strategy for proactive and reactive cybersecurity services. They will also discuss the new ways the agency has developed to work with technology and security companies interested in providing their services to government buyers.

Those topics will be covered in the agency's July 13 Cyber Industry Day, which is similar to the one it convened at its Washington headquarters in June. GSA officials plan to use the session to explain how to do business with agencies through GSA, the new cyber services acquisition model and GSA's efforts to attract small businesses.

Roth said the trip will not include meetings with potential job candidates for the open commissioner slot at the agency's Technology Transformation Service because the agency just opened the position to applicants on July 11.

She told FCW that the agenda for the visit also includes a meeting with California Department of Social Services personnel about 18F's development of a simplified, modular, agile and open-sourced contracting document for the state's redevelopment of a child welfare services case management system.

Roth will also visit the latest addition to the San Ysidro port of entry on the U.S. border, the new PedWest border crossing scheduled to open on July 15.

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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