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GSA rolls out space-based SIN

Shutterstock image: satellite in orbit. 

A little over a month after the General Services Administration proposed a central ordering code for cybersecurity services, it set up a similar code for satellite services.

The agency said the new SIN would help federal agencies to use the shower of new earth observation industry services, such as imagery/communication, distribution and content management, analytics and data products. Those services, it said, are generated by a growing number of established companies and new entrants using newly deployed and acquired satellites. 

On its Interact site, GSA said it aims to be a "one-stop-shop as new commercial imagery providers, capabilities, and data solutions emerge in the Information Technology market to meet the needs of federal, state, local, regional, and tribal governments. "

Separately, the agency hopes its proposal for a Schedule 70 SIN for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation services will help streamline and centralize federal agency ordering for cybersecurity services. It proposed a CDM SIN in March, as the August 2018 expiration of CDM's blanket purchase agreement looms.

The agency placed the CDM SIN on a fast track, with responses to the proposal due on April 5, and SIN awards slated for some time in May, according to GSA officials. The transition for CDM products to the SIN will begin in May also, they 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.

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