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In an effort to streamline the purchase of Microsoft products, the General Services Adminis- tration has released a request for proposals for standardized terms and conditions that can be used across multiple agencies. Called SmartBUY Large Publisher, the Federal Strategic Sourcing Ini- tiative agree- ment seeks to reduce how much the govern- ment pays Microsoft and shave the amount of time agencies spend on acquisition by relying on preset pricing and ready-to- use products and services. "GSA is committed to work- ing collaboratively with our partners at Microsoft resellers to reduce multiple contracts into a single set of agreements to save money and streamline the purchasing process for gov- ernment agencies, " said Tom Sharpe, commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, in a statement. GSA offered a similar blan- ket purchase agreement earlier this year for wireless services with four large carriers. Of cials predict the Micro- soft BPA will save 15 percent to 20 percent on commercial soft- ware, from an annual budget of about $6 billion. --- Frank Konkel When the Government Accountability Of ce told NASA of cials they needed to do a better job of re ecting their IT investments in their enterprise archi- tecture, they had a ready response at hand: A lot of our stuff is in orbit. A recent GAO report evaluated the progress of the 26 agencies required to comply with the Of ce of Manage- ment and Budget s 2012 PortfolioStat initiative and found ve agencies that failed to incorporate 100 percent of their IT investments in their EAs, as PortfolioStat mandates. NASA was at the bottom of the list. According to GAO, only 17 percent of NASA s IT investments made it into its EA, which limits the agency s "abil- ity to use this tool as a mechanism to identify low-value, duplicative or waste- ful investments." The State Department (40 percent), U.S. Agency for International Develop- ment (75 percent), Commerce Depart- ment (90 percent) and Justice Depart- ment (97 percent) also missed the 100 percent mark. GAO recommended that NASA move to include all its IT investments in its EA from now on. In a written response to GAO, NASA of cials agreed with the recommenda- tion and said they would strive for a goal of 50 percent by the end of scal 2014 and 90 percent by the end of s- cal 2015. But of cials also said the 100 percent target might not be attainable because of NASA s evolving mission and the real- ity of government budget cuts. A NASA spokesperson told FCW that the agency s IT investments were not well-documented in its EA because most of them are locked up in space- related IT and not corporate systems, where this particular OMB guidance is more applicable. Furthermore, just because an IT investment does not appear in the agency s EA does not mean there is no oversight of it. "NASA space systems follow rigor- ous systems engineering principles for design and development, which may not show up as an EA expenditure but still provide similar integration and oversight," the spokesperson said. In recent months, NASA s Of ce of Inspector General made a series of rec- ommendations after a scathing audit of the agency s IT governance, leading CIO Larry Sweet to institute major changes. The latest GAO report piggybacks on the recommendations made by the IG, which included giving the CIO author- ity over all IT spending at the agency. NASA of cials said they would comply with that recommendation. --- Frank Konkel GAO: NASA needs to re ect IT investments in EA Join the conversation FCW usesTwitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. Learn more atTwitter.com/FCWnow. When standardizing data is not enough - @FCWnow http://buff.ly/174WUza #DOD #opendata #openstandards 8:00AM-29Nov13 Red Hat Government @RedHatGov Reply Retweet Favorite 10 December 2013 FCW.COM GSA seeks to trim Microsoft product costs Trending Tom Sharpe GSA.GOV was the launch code for all Minuteman nuclear missiles for two decades. So much for password security. 00000000
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