The House Appropriations Committee approved July 17 a spending bill for the coming fiscal year that would combine the e-government fund with the Federal Citizen Services Fund within the General Services Administration to create a single "Information Engagement for Citizens Fund."
Federal agencies should utilize the General Services Administration more when procuring commercial items, urged Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Tom Sharpe. Not using GSA as a centralizing procurement source is a "behavioral issue," Sharpe said.
The House Appropriations Committee marked up a bill that would appropriate $16.9 billion in discretionary funds for financial services and general government. The bill (.pdf) is $4.3 billion less than the fiscal 2013 enacted level and $7 billion less than President Obama's budget request.
The General Services Administration would be able to spend $7.5 billion out of the Federal Buildings Fund under a House appropriations bill that was marked up July 10 by the House Appropriations subcommittee on financial services and general government. The bill (.pdf) appropriates $2.4 billion less than President Obama's request for the GSA and $476 million below fiscal 2013 enacted level.
The General Service Administration will hold the first in a series of meetings July 30 with the newly formed Governmentwide Travel Advisory Committee to discuss new travel regulations and policies, a July 3 Federal Register notice says. Members of the panel will review existing travel policies, processes and procedures for federal government travelers, beginning with assessing how annual adjustments are made to the Federal Per Diem rate, the notice says.
The Defense Information Systems Agency awarded a mobile device management and mobile application store firm fixed price contract to Bethesda, Md.-based Digital Management Inc. on June 27 with an initial award of $2.9 million and four, 6-month option periods costing up to almost $16 million, reports the agency.
The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee reported out June 25 the nominations of Dan Tangherlini for administrator of General Services Administration and Howard Shelanski for administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The next step for both nominees is a hearing before the full Senate.
Federal agencies should in the coming years leave behind their time division multiplexing networks in favor of ubiquitous Internet protocol, urged Frank Tiller, acting director of network services at the General Services Administration, who derided TDM as "older generation networking technology."
The General Services Administration claims it saved $200 million on purchases of common offices supplies through its Office Supplies Second Generation program, a June 21 GSA statement says. Through the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative, GSA has awarded fifteen Blanket Purchase Agreements for OS2, the statement says.
The Commerce Department plans to utilize a the blanket purchase agreement recently signed by the General Services Administration to acquire wireless services. "The one area where we had been holding back and waiting for GSA is in the area of mobile phones and mobile plans," said Commerce Chief Information Officer Simon Szykman.