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FCW : August 30, 2013
Trending The social media platform Thunder- clap, which is used to amplify causes through synchronized mass sharing, is the latest site to provide amended terms of service for federal agencies, bringing the total number of federally negotiated arrangements to 66. A self-proclaimed "crowdspeaking" platform, Thunderclap allows users to set a goal for the amount of support needed to trigger a speci c post --- much as the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter allows entrepreneurs to seek investors. Whereas users set a monetary goal on Kickstarter, a Thunderclap goal is based on the number of people who agree to back the post by donating their "social reach." If that goal is met, the message is simultaneously reposted on other platforms by those who pledged their support. The White House used Thunderclap earlier this year to call for more restric- tive gun laws. "Social media is an easy way to say something," a post on the "DigitalGov" blog states. "But sometimes it s a dif- cult way to be heard, with the vast amount of content being shared every day. Thunderclap is a crowdspeaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together using their Twitter and Facebook accounts." Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, You- Tube and Flickr are among the plat- forms with federally amended terms of service. Although agencies have been known to use such tools with- out amending, many websites standard terms can make it dif cult for agencies to comply with federal rules and guide- lines for issues such as copyrights and the ability to remove material. --- Reid Davenport Social tool Thunderclap OK'd for agency use 8 August 30, 2013 FCW.COM of furloughs are now planned for DOD employees in scal 2013, down from original projections of 22 6 days TANK Anyone who was waiting for the Gen- eral Services Administration s requests for proposals for its one-stop consult- ing, professional engineering, logistics and nancial services contract will have to wait a little longer. Although GSA has issued the documents, two protests have already been led. The One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contracts have an estimated total value of as much as $60 billion. OASIS is divided into two con- tracts --- one is unrestricted and the other is reserved for small businesses. USfalcon has led a formal protest with the Government Accountability Of ce, said Ralph White, managing associate general counsel for procure- ment law at GAO, in a statement sent via email on Aug. 9. According to the statement, USfal- con has challenged the terms of the solicitation, but White said he could not comment on the arguments raised in the protest until the case is resolved. USfalcon s attorney, Jen Miller, said the company is protesting a term in the solicitation and called it a "fairly narrow issue." Meanwhile, the Voice of Small Busi- ness in America led a protest with GSA. As rst reported by FCW s sister publication Washington Technology, the group objects to the evaluation criteria used to determine pass/fail for the unrestricted contract. It announced the protest on its LinkedIn page. Industry observers have expected protests, even though GSA said it worked closely with industry lead- ers when drafting the RFPs. Among other things, of cials said they met with more than 110 contractors in one-on-one sessions to explore con- tracting options. Some industry stakeholders said the RFPs are innovative but possibly a little too complex. Among other con- cerns, they said the 15 categories of evaluation might be too much for some contractors to digest. --- Mark Rockwell GSA's newly released OASIS RFPs under protest
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