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FCW : March 15, 2015
Now that the government has auc- tioned off 65 MHz of highly coveted spectrum formerly controlled by the Defense Department, the Commerce Spectrum Management Advisory Com- mittee (CSMAC) has turned its atten- tion to how agencies will go about making more spectrum available for commercial use. The committee, a group of experts from the private sector who advise the National Telecommunications and Information Administration on policy, did much of the groundwork for clearing that spectrum and relocat- ing incumbent users. Now while NTIA and other govern- ment entities are exploring the pros- pects for dynamic, real-time spectrum allocation, CSMAC is answering tough questions about how sharing policies might look in the highly regulated fed- eral and commercial environments. The work is an important part of the Obama administration’s plan to unleash 500 MHz of spectrum for commercial use by 2020. In a February meeting, CSMAC adopt- ed draft recommendations to address how government and industry might begin to sort out security issues by using a database-driven approach to spectrum sharing and how sharing might work in both directions by also giving govern- ment access to commercially licensed spectrum for emergency use. CSMAC’s recommendations are non-binding, but its deliberations give policy-makers a sense of expert consensus. The group is still develop- ing guidance on how to measure and predict agencies’ spectrum needs and how agencies might be compensated for sharing or relinquishing spectrum for unlicensed use. However, legislative action might be required. Accordingly, a biparti- san, bicameral group of lawmakers is backing the Wi-Fi Innovation Act, which would set swathes of spectrum in the 5 GHz band for unlicensed use. Beyond mobile communications, aerial drones, traffic management systems and other users are compet- ing for precious airwaves. — Adam Mazmanian March 15, 2015 FCW.COM 7 Pushing ahead on spectrum sharing INK TANK of “anonymized” credit card users in an MIT study were identified using four readily available contextual clues 90% Trending Leaders from the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service have talked with President Barack Obama twice in recent weeks about FAS initiatives to bring more efficiency to the federal acquisition process. FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe said executives met with the presi- dent on Feb. 2 and again on Feb. 9 to talk about the agency’s efforts to develop a Common Acquisition Plat- form (CAP) and detailed product cat- egory hallways that federal IT buyers can use to build better solutions and get better prices. Sharpe mentioned the meetings as part of his remarks at a Professional Services Council event on Feb. 13. Although he declined to share details, industry and agency officials told FCW that the conversations lasted 10 to 20 minutes and covered GSA’s work to strengthen federal acquisition practic- es, improve efficiencies, and reduce red tape through category manage- ment and CAP. Sharpe and Obama also discussed other activities the government could undertake to bolster federal acquisi- tion practices. “The meetings may not have been long, but they were significant,” said one source familiar with the talks. Kevin Youel Page, assistant com- missioner of GSA’s Integrated Award Environment, and Laura Stanton, GSA’s director of program manage- ment for CAP, were also present at the presidential meetings, according to sources. Alan Chvotkin, PSC’s executive vice president and counsel, said FAS’ meet- ings with Obama “send a strong signal to agencies that this stuff matters.” — Mark Rockwell Obama gets an earful about acquisition 0315fcw_003-010.indd 7 2/25/15 12:05 PM
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