Center for Strategic Solutions & Security Services
The Center for Strategic Solutions and Security Services oversees strategic governmentwide information technology programs. It responds to executive orders, Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directives, and government's evolving technology needs by incubating new IT products, services, and solutions. Reporting to this center are:
Security Services Division
The Security Services Division comprises the USAccess, Federal Public Key Infrastructure Management Authority (FPKIMA), and Information Assurance and Security Branch.
The USAccess program provides Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12)-compliant Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials as a shared service to federal civilian agencies.
Federal Public Key Infrastructure (FPKI) provides the government with a common infrastructure to authenticate users and data, protect the integrity of transmitted data, and ensure non-repudiation and confidentiality through the use of digital certificates and public key technology.
Information Assurance & Security Branch manages various cybersecurity initiatives, including the Risk Management Framework (RMF) Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs) that help government implement a common security framework.
Strategic Solutions Division
The Strategic Solutions Division includes the Enterprise Software Branch, which is responsible for the SmartBUY software program and the Data Center Services project, and has provided support for many of GSA's cloud initiatives.
The SmartBUY software program provides agreements or blanket purchase agreements for commonly purchased software at discounted prices.
The Data Center Services (DCS) project identifies industry leaders in the data center market space that provide government with data center services such as sustainability, server and desktop virtualization, consolidation, and outsourcing.
Technology Optimization Division
The Technology Optimization Division oversees Cloud Computing Services which offers the government following two pre-competed cloud-focused acquisition vehicles:
Both the IaaS and EaaS BPAs leverage IT Schedule 70, one of the most widely used IT acquisition offerings available to federal, state, local and tribal governments. These acquisition vehicles provide government with broadly accepted cost and time savings, and aid in increasing government efficiency through rapid adoption of cloud computing technologies.
Update on Cloud Initiatives
The CCS PMO continues to work to:
- Accelerate cloud services' procurement, management, and provisioning across the government;
- Develop and improve GSA's cloud acquisition vehicles; and
- Explore the cloud brokerage market landscape.
IT Schedule 70 Cloud SIN Project - The CCS PMO is working with IT Schedule 70 for the proposed creation of a single Special Item Number (SIN) for all cloud services. That single SIN will clearly outline cloud technology and make it easier for customers to acquire cloud services.
GSA’s Cloud Computing Request for Information (RFI) - The CCS PMO issued an RFI on February 11, 2015, soliciting government and industry suggestions and comments regarding the government's consumption of cloud services and assess the potential need for a new cloud contract vehicle.