Federal Manager's Daily Report

The GSA has announced a new mobility solution with additional service categories and which it says will provide agencies with greater choice and flexibility while enhancing competition among providers.

The enhanced Special Item Number 132-53 on IT Schedule 70 replaces the wireless blanket purchase agreements under the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative. Among the 11 new service categories are mobility-as-a-service, telecom expense management, mobile application veting, mobile threat protection, and Internet of things.

“A key component of the federal mobile strategy is to provide our agency customers with an integrated acquisition approach that simplifies the purchase of mobility solutions and better addresses ever-changing and expanding mobility requirements,” GSA said.

It said the government spends nearly $1 billion annually on wireless carrier services, about 40-50 percent of agencies’ total cost of ownership for mobility. Other mobility costs include services related to mobile security, enterprise mobility management, mobile applications management, and mobile integration into the agency enterprise at an incremental $700-$800 million annually, it said.