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FCW : November and December 2015
Trending government open-data portals were found worldwide in a recent OpenDataSoft census 1,620 10 November/December 2015 FCW.COM ESQ.IO The General Services Administration is considering establishing a broad cloud-specific contracting vehicle that would help agencies handle their growing cloud service needs. GSA’s existing cloud blanket pur- chase agreements are expiring, and federal customers are evolving past the cloud services designations under GSA’s Schedule 70 and other con- tracting vehicles that include cloud services. Therefore, the agency is thinking about creating a next-gen- eration cloud-specific contract, said Stan Kaczmarczyk, director of GSA’s Cloud Computing Services Program Management Office. “We’re working on a business case now” for what could be either a gov- ernmentwide acquisition contract or an indefinite-delivery, indefinite- quantity contract for cloud, he said at Washington Technology’s Cloud and Mobility Industry Day event ear- lier this month. Federal business volume for cloud services will reach $2.254 billion in fiscal 2017, Kaczmarczyk said, adding that GSA’s cloud infrastructure-as -a - service BPA has already expired and its email-as-a -service BPA will expire in two years, paving the way for a new contracting vehicle. If everything goes smoothly, Kacz- marczyk said a request for information could be issued by September 2016. “We can’t rush,” he said. “We need to get it right.” The goal is to give GSA’s custom- ers a more streamlined way to acquire cloud services. The agency has already moved in that direction by dedicating a Special Item Number for cloud ser- vices on the IT Schedule 70 contract, Kaczmarczyk added. — Mark Rockwell GSA mulls new cloud acquisition vehicle INK TANK Last month the General Services Administration’s 18F set out to use micro-purchase authority to buy code by holding a reverse auction that start- ed just under the $3,500 threshold — at $3,499. The project involved loading Sched- ule 70 data into GSA’s Contract-Award- ed Labor Category tool, and winning bidder Brendan Sudol success- fully finished a few days ahead of schedule, and he did it for $1. “I love reading about the innova- tion and impact that 18F, [U.S. Digital Service] and company are having in the govern- ment, and it’s made me want to help contribute to the cause,” Sudol told FCW. “Plus, I use open-source tech- nology on a daily basis and saw this as a great opportunity to give back.” However, some bidders raised con- cerns when they saw bids plummet from $1,250 to $1 in a single day. They said one bidder could log a $3,499 bid, a colluding vendor could bid $1 and then fail to deliver within the 10-day time limit so the higher bidder would get the project at the maximum rate. In a Nov. 6 blog post, Acquisition Management Director V. David Zven- yach said 18F was consider- ing tweaks to its system. “In some respects, this result was the best possible outcome for the experiment,” he wrote. “It proved that some of our core assumptions about how it would work were wrong. But the experiment also validated the core concept that open-source micro-purchasing can work, and it’s a thing we should try to do again.” — Zach Noble 18F hacked procurement and got code for $1 18F’s V. David Zvenyach said a recent micro- purchase experiment “validated the core concept that open-source micro-purchasing can work, and it’s a thing we should try to do again.” 1215fcw_003-011.indd 10 11/16/15 3:40 PM