Overview: GSA IT Schedule 70 Evolves with the Times
From its inception in the late 1990s, the General Services Administration’s IT Schedule 70 has been the place where federal, state and local agencies can go to find to proven, compliant IT products and solutions at reasonable cost from vetted vendors and system integrators. Over the years, GSA has kept pace with mission changes and technology advances, adding products and services that provide value to their buyers. During the past decade, GSA has implemented many new services, programs and self-service tools to help agencies find information and place orders more easily online.
Today, GSA IT Schedule 70 offers a wide array of IT products and services, including telecommunications, wireless and mobility; data centers and storage; satellite service and telepresence.
Over the past two years, as the technology landscape advanced and government requirements changed to meet new demands and threats, GSA IT Schedule 70 evolved as well, adding several new Special Item Numbers (SIN) of products and services. These include:
Cloud Services (132-40): This wide-ranging SIN includes Email as a Service (EaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS).
Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) (132-45A-D): Products and services in this SIN include the categories of penetration testing, incident response services, cyber hunt, and risk and vulnerability assessment.
CDM (132-44): Government agencies consider Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring so important that it has its own SIN, separate from other cybersecurity services.
Earth Observation Solutions (EOS) (132-41): This SIN, in collaboration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency aims to provide one source of commercial geospatial intelligence data, imagery, products and services.
E-Commerce (132-52): Includes network services, email services, internet access services, electronic subscription services, data transmission services, and emerging electronic commerce technologies.
Health IT Services (132-56): This burgeoning area offers a host of possibilities from solutions for connected health and electronic health records to health informatics, health information exchanges, and personal health information management.
IT Professional Services (132-51): Includes data conversion, programming, CAD/CAM, network management and systems analysis.
Training Courses (132-50): This SIN applies to IT-related training courses.
These additions to GSA IT Schedule 70 will help federal agencies meet GSA’s goal of increasing areas of common spending to 35 percent for Best in Class vehicles by the end of this year, and to 60 percent by FY2020. According to The Category Management Leadership Council, the top two categories for common spending are for IT and professional services — the main thrust of the new IT Schedule 70 SINs. A Gartner survey finds that government CIOs will increase spending on cloud, cybersecurity and analytics this year — three of the areas GSA has bolstered with its new offerings.
With IT modernization the goal of every federal agency, the ability to procure technology solutions via GSA IT Schedule 70 eases the process. By using a pre-approved vendor such as CDW-G, agencies can collaborate with a long-time government partner with a full complement of cloud-related services and offerings, along with a specialized government support team.