GSA wants to expand cloud shared services

GSA wants to expand cloud shared services

The General Services Administration is looking for modular, interoperable, software-as-a-service applications that can provide common administrative functions across service areas.  

GSA’s Unified Shared Services Management Office, which administers the federal shared service ecosystem, released a request for information asking for descriptions of any new or existing SaaS offering that could improve administrative services delivery within the next 24 to 36 months. The RFI addresses those services outlined by the Office of Management and Budget as a shared service, including financial management, human resources, acquisitions and IT.

USSM also wants to know how a proposed solution would square with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, what the best practices are for procuring SaaS within a FedRAMP cloud and how the solution would be integrated into a government environment.

Additionally, USSM is interested in feedback on whether the Federal Integrated Business Framework was helpful in guiding the development of a SaaS solution. The framework was announced in October 2016 and is intended to document the functional business capabilities expected in each line of business across government and how those areas intersect.  

Responses should also include public-private funding models, pricing strategies for system implementation, operation and maintenance costs and information on whether any planned partnerships across industry could result in an interoperable suite of offerings.

The posted response date is Feb. 28. 

About the Author

Amanda Ziadeh is a Reporter/Producer for GCN.

Prior to joining 1105 Media, Ziadeh was a contributing journalist for USA Today Travel's Experience Food and Wine site. She's also held a communications assistant position with the University of Maryland Office of the Comptroller, and has reported for the American Journalism Review, Capitol File Magazine and DC Magazine.

Ziadeh is a graduate of the University of Maryland where her emphasis was multimedia journalism and French studies.

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