New GSA SIN Specifically for Cloud Computing Services
The General Services Administration (GSA) has requested industry feedback in regards for creating a Cloud Computing Services Special Item Number (SIN) to merge and streamline the way that cloud computing is offered on the GSA IT Schedule 70 contract.
The goal of this change is to improve and make more efficient methods for the GSA to offer cloud computing services to federal agencies. The GSA is striving to advertise and market the growing cloud computing services industry to their customer agencies. This is a great opportunity for vendors in this industry to differentiate their product and service lines from the traditional IT SINs. The GSA’s request for information says, “This effort would support the OMB ‘Cloud First’ policy by enabling agencies to take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization, improve IT flexibility and responsiveness, and minimize cost.”
Cloud computing services are currently being offered under the GSA IT Schedule 70, but under several different SINs. This new proposal will allow these cloud computing services to have their own unique SIN, which will increase efficiency both for the vendors selling the services and for the government agencies looking to purchase the services. The GSA has come to the conclusion that the technology of cloud computing has become mature enough and that it is necessary that it has its own SIN. For more information and to give the GSA feedback, view the RFI on FedBizOpps.
Responses are being accepted until August 6, 2014.