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GSA considers adding cloud services to Schedule 70

The General Services Administration may create a new single category for cloud computing services in its IT Schedule 70 program.

GSA said the new Special Item Number (SIN) would combine and simplify cloud computing services purchases. Under Schedule 70, the services would provide greater visibility and give agencies more access to a set of consolidated services. The new SIN would reflect current market trends and customer needs, GSA said.

In addition, companies could differentiate their services from other IT-related products and services.

“The purpose of this change would be to improve the way that GSA offers cloud computing services through IT Schedule 70,” GSA wrote in a new request for information. The RFI was released July 10.

In the RFI, GSA officials want feedback from industry on the proposed SIN, and they want to better understand how companies are currently selling cloud computing services to agencies. That information may give GSA reasons to create a new SIN.

GSA is asking companies, for example, through which IT Schedule 70 SINs they sell their cloud computing services, the various types of cloud models they sell, pricing, and common data migration requirements that customer agencies purchase.

GSA wants agencies’ input too. It wants to know the services they buy, and whether a new SIN would make the services easier to purchase and provide more transparency.

The RFI was released July 10. Responses are due by Aug. 6.

 

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

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