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GSA IT Schedule 70 Program to Update Special Item Number (SIN 132-53) Wireless Mobility Services

Overview

The General Services Administration (GSA), Office of IT Schedule Contract Operations, is planning to update and enhance Special Item Number (SIN) 132-53.  The GSA IT Schedule 70 Program continually seeks to position enterprise mobility offerings to achieve value, cost savings, and optimal balance between functionality, security, and management for agencies.

Referencing OMB Directive M-16-20, GSA, serving as the executive agent for the Government-wide acquisition solution, along with Department of Defense (DoD), Department of State (DoS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), were tasked to co-lead the Mobile Services Category Team (MSCT).  This group assembled mobile leads across government and industry with the purpose of developing a mobile strategy for the federal government. Part of that strategy, consistent with category management principles, was to define the scope of the term mobility holistically. This led to a definition that accounts for mobile that includes not only wireless carrier services and devices, but also the security, management, and infrastructure components needed to advance this technology in a way that agencies can leverage it to more efficiently meet their mission needs.

As a result of this effort, GSA was asked by both industry and Government mobile professionals to create a space for the mobile community within the Schedules Program that will include not only wireless telecommunication carriers and resellers but mobility management services and solutions.  The team was asked to develop an area of IT Schedule 70 whereby agency program and contracting staff, as well as industry, can access mobile solutions more readily and easily. Thus, GSA is being responsive to this stated request by our customer and user base.

GSA will also launch the FSSI Wireless RFQ generator tool which will be hosted on the Acquisition Gateway and will assist agencies in rapidly developing their requirements and expediting their mobile procurement efforts.

By being responsive to the mobile community, IT Schedule 70, specifically SIN 132-53, will be in a position to better serve government and provide customers new and innovative solutions by:

  • Meeting customer interest in obtaining potential sources of supply for mobility solutions under a single SIN.
  • Increasing the pool for competition on IT Schedule 70.
  • Facilitating the introduction of new and emerging companies.
  • Keeping pace with rapid technology change and new offerings.
  • Enhancing IT Schedule 70 offerings under SIN 132-53 for increased visibility, convenience and rapid access to commercially available wireless solutions and advanced mobility solutions.
  • Streamlining the Request For Quote process through the introduction of the RFQ generator tool.
  • Addressing the federal government’s growing need for advanced and cutting-edge mobile solutions to include application development, application vetting, security, mobility management, and integrated services.
  • Provide industry partners the opportunity to differentiate their mobility solutions from other IT- related offerings.
  • Meet the needs of government agencies to make strategic decisions and bring the full value and benefits of mobility category management to government.
  • Organize and categorize mobility solutions in a manner that simplifies and standardizes the acquisition of these solutions which lowers the total cost of ownership for agency customers.

The proposed recommendation is to update the definition of SIN 132-53 by adding eight new separate and distinct sub-categories. The proposed definitional expansion refines the range of mobility products and services that are anticipated by federal agencies well into the next decade.

Purpose and Benefits of Planned Action

The purpose and benefits of updating SIN 132-53, Wireless Mobility Solutions, are:

  • Address the federal government’s growing need for advanced mobile solutions to include security, mobility management, application development, application vetting, and integrated services.
  • Enhance IT Schedule 70 offerings under SIN 132-53 for increased convenience and rapid access to commercially available wireless and advanced mobility solutions.
  • Provide industry partners the opportunity to differentiate their mobility solutions from other IT- related offerings.
  • Meet the needs of government agencies to make strategic decisions and bring the full value and benefits of mobility category management to government.
  • Organize and categorize mobility solutions in a manner that simplifies and standardizes the acquisition of these solutions which lowers the total cost of ownership for agency customers.

A brief description of the affected mobility sub-categories are listed below:

  1. Wireless Carrier Services - Wireless Carrier Services include, but are not limited to, Wireless Telecommunications Carriers and Telecommunication Resellers of Wireless Services) provide mobile communications services across CONUS and  OCONUS locations.
  2. Mobile Hardware/Infrastructure - Includes mobile infrastructure equipment for implementing mobile solutions or enhancing wireless communications. Also includes end-points and miscellaneous hardware if included with a mobile solution(s) or service.
  3. Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) - A subscription-based, mobile endpoint management service suite enabling the endpoint to be acquired, managed, and utilized more as a service. Service provider retains asset ownership and provides service regarding asset issuance, endpoint performance management, service plan management, mobility management software, and support services into a full solution that minimizes prior device-centric costs and operations.
  4. Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) - A cohesive set of tools, software, and service capabilities for provisioning, management, security, and control of mobile endpoint functionality, its applications, features, and content.
  5. Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) - Mobile application development and delivery service comprised of platform, tools, services, and libraries to develop, integrate, test and publish mobile applications to backend cloud storage and processing resources.
  6. Telecom Expense Management Services (TEMS) - Enterprise solutions that support the lifecycle management of mobility and telecom-related assets.
  7. Mobile Application Vetting - Includes software, processes, and tools required to test, validate, and verify mobile apps against a baseline of security, privacy, and organization-specific requirements and policies.
  8. Mobile Threat Protection (MTP) - Solutions and services that monitor the mobile endpoint in real-time to identify mobile threats that may compromise the mobile endpoint, mobile applications, or data residing on the device that are not addressed by EMM/MDM or App Vetting.
  9. Mobile Identity Management - Mobile Identity Management is a set of complementary products and solutions that issue and maintain certificates, which may include Derived PIV Credential usage.
  10. Internet of Things (IoT) - The design, development, operation or maintenance of an infrastructure of networked components comprised of computing resources, digital sensors, actuators, and human interfaces that are combined into systems to achieve specific goals.
  11. Other/Mobile Services- wireless communication services not commonly used across agency enterprises due to unique usage, features, niche application or legacy technology requirements. Examples include: paging, short-term rental/disposable endpoint component, and satellite-only communications providers. Vendors under 132-53 prior to SIN rewrite, who DO NOT fall under the subcategories, 1-10, will be placed under subcategory 11, (Other/Mobile Services).

Webinar

In addition to this advanced notice posting, GSA FAS will be hosting a webinar for industry partners to learn about the planned changes to update the Wireless Mobility SIN and ask questions. The webinar is scheduled for November 14, 2018 from 2pm - 3pm EST.

Use this registration link to participate: Register for the Webinar on SIN 132-53 Wireless Mobility Solution (WMS)

SIN Update Timeline

Date SIN Milestone
October 2018 Draft significant changes posted to GSA Interact
November 2018 IT Schedule Webinar on Wireless Mobility Solution SIN (WMS) Update
Winter Solicitation Updated and WMS SIN established for vendors to add to the contract

For more information, please see the attachments.

Attachment 1: Draft Significant Changes Document

Attachment 2: Fact Sheet with Q&A

Attachment 3: Webinar Presentation

Link to the Video recording of SIN 132-53 Webinar

DISCLAIMER: GSA FAS is posting this notification of a planned solicitation refresh or mass modification as a courtesy to industry. All comments on the attached DRAFT document should be submitted in the “Comments” section below within ten (10) business days of this posting. GSA FAS will consider all relevant comments and may make changes to the DRAFT as appropriate, but will not issue a formal response to industry comments or related inquiries. Interested parties should review the final version of the solicitation refresh or mass modification closely for additional changes made to this DRAFT.

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