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Announcement | GSA Seeks Ideas About How to Improve Building Operations Practices Across the Government

 
In 2013, Building Maintenance and Operations (BMO) was selected as one of five new commodity categories to be considered as a potential Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI). GSA, in addition to a team comprised of representatives from 18 federal agencies, is now in the process of developing a government-wide program designed to improve the way the federal government purchases and manages these types of services. 
 
GSA and the agency commodity team are looking for demonstrated best practices from the building maintenance and operations industry to help guide the organization with the development of a new government-wide Building Maintenance and Operations (BMO) services program (e.g. could potentially encompass services related to HVAC, elevator maintenance, janitorial services, grounds maintenance and utilities infrastructure).
 
Through an official Request for Information (RFI), GSA is soliciting feedback from private firms and related professional associations about best practices already under consideration as a potential part of a government BMO solution. Also requested are additional recommendations about how cost and operations savings could be reached and measured through a BMO-focused strategic sourcing solution, either through demand management strategies, improved performance management and/or better acquisition.
 
Click here to view and download the RFI document and additional instructions. Questions and white papers/official response documents should be submitted to the program’s Contracting Officer at fssi.bmo@gsa.gov. Requests for clarification must be submitted no later than Wednesday, January 15, 2014. The period for response is scheduled to close on Friday, January 24, 2014. However, if you do not plan to submit a response but have a general suggestion that can help us, please share it here on Interact in the Comments section below (you must be logged-in).
 
In addition, GSA will host a follow-up, virtual Building Maintenance and Operations Listen to Industry Day on Wednesday, January 29, 2014, to further discuss the government’s strategy and provide the opportunity for interested industry stakeholders to speak with members of the commodity team to provide additional input. Stay tuned here to find out additional information about this event--coming soon!
 
 
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<p>Derek: Thanks for your question. The four potential solutions to date, besides BMO, are Rental Cars, Furniture, Large Desktop Publishing and Cyber Security. Human Resources Services and Training also is under consideration. All of these programs are in the very early stages of investigation and development by GSA and have yet to receive the designation of being an official Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative by the U.S. Strategic Sourcing Leadership Council.</p>
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