Contracting

GSA offers feds a hand with contract writing

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The General Services Administration's Common Acquisition Platform program will launch a shared-services contract-writing system for federal agencies in the third quarter of 2017.

The cloud-based Contract Writing System as a Service (CWSS), which GSA announced on Nov. 15, will offer federal agencies a contract writing and administration solution through an interagency agreement with GSA. The goals are to reduce costs for agencies and integrate with financial shared-services providers.

GSA said it will provision the service through an agreement with Reston, Va.-based Distributed Solutions.

CWSS will guide contracting and program offices through the complex process of planning and conducting solicitations using methodology that provides real-time notifications of milestones in the contracting process, according to GSA.

The agency will oversee security accreditation, ongoing operations and maintenance for the service.

"The CWSS fits into a broader, strategic, governmentwide 'buy-as-one' approach to acquisition," said Kevin Youel Page, deputy commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service.

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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.

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