GSA awards $194M in identity proofing tech pacts

The General Services Administration awards eight blanket purchase agreements in support of, its single sign-on portal to connect with government services.

Lawmaker proposes strict transparency regime for GSA’s tech service

The new legislation comes in response to an ongoing House Oversight and Accountability Committee investigation into what Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, described as an “unaccountable organization.”

GSA officials have ‘fundamental disagreements’ with OIG in legality of Chinese camera purchases, per House committee

The agency’s procurement of Owl Labs cameras as part of a pilot program came under scrutiny in January.

Senate Dems call for an update on improvements

More than a dozen Democratic senators signed a letter to the General Services Administration asking for an update on the agency’s work to modernize the government’s voting information platform.

House Oversight lawmaker probes government purchase of Chinese security cameras

A letter to the General Services Administration's CIO asks why he signed off on the equipment purchase, despite alternatives being available.

Proposed contractor cyber reporting rule sets a ‘significantly problematic’ bar, industry groups say

The groups, which represent tech and cybersecurity companies sometimes contracted by the government, say the proposals are too rigorous and inconsistent.

TMF gets a new executive director, issues 3 more awards

The Technology Modernization Fund announced over $70 million in investments on Wednesday.

GSA used ‘egregiously flawed’ data to clear purchase of Chinese-made cameras, watchdog says

The inspector general's report noted that the acquired video conferencing cameras were not compliant with the 1979 Trade Agreements Act and contained security flaws that, in some instances, had still gone unpatched.

GSA, OMB lag on FedRAMP improvements, GAO finds

The congressional watchdog wants agencies to streamline the cloud approval process.

GSA announces new role to lead cloud strategy, governmentwide tech initiatives

Eric Mill, who served as a senior advisor to the federal chief information officer within the Office of Management and Budget, will now manage GSA’s cloud security strategy.

Many agencies fail to meet tech accessibility mandates, report finds

The congressionally mandated report from the General Services Administration follows first-in-a-decade guidance on Section 508 released in December.

GSA launches text message service for government programs in four localities and states

Norfolk, Virginia has already been using the service to remind people about Medicaid recertification.

GSA is at a ‘critical juncture’ to salvage faith in TTS, agency watchdog warns

GSA’s inspector general says that it’s “trying to prevent the next” — referencing a bombshell oversight report on GSA’s single sign-on service issued earlier this year.

Sonny Hashmi to depart GSA

The head of the Federal Acquisition Service is leaving just before the close of 2023.

Reorganizing government acquisition for the digital age

The General Services Administration recently reorganized its Federal Acquisition Service, eliminating its regional structure, a move its commissioner Sonny Hashmi says is already yielding positive results.

Biden wants better deals from contractors

A new administration push is underway to leverage procurement data and purchasing power to generate savings.

Biden administration plans a multi-agency effort to surge AI recruitment

Officials at the General Services Administration celebrated their forthcoming role to help recruit an AI-fluent workforce across the government, pursuant to the EO’s priorities.