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GSA Offers More Sources for Seat Management Solutions

GSA # 9776

December 22, 2000
Contact: Bill Bearden (202) 501-1231
bill.bearden@gsa.gov

Washington, DC -The General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service and Federal Technology Service have announced that seat management solutions are available through both the GSA Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) and the IDIQ, Multiple Award GSA Seat Management Service Contract (SEAT).

Over two years ago, GSA's Federal Technology Service introduced the commercial sector concept of Seat Management to the federal community. The concept is based on purchasing the entire desktop computing environment, including hardware, software and network infrastructure, plus operations and maintenance, as a performance-based service.

To date, a number of federal agencies have engaged in seat management services under various fully competed, IDIQ multiple award contract vehicles, including GSA Seat, NASA's Outsourcing the Desktop Initiative (ODIN), and most recently, the Navy Marine Corps Intranet contract.

The addition of seat offerings to the GSA Federal Supply Schedules allows customers even more choices. By selecting specific offerings from the FSS Schedules to build their own seat package, agencies can leverage their in-house IT management strengths, or elect to move gradually toward the full seat management concept at their own pace.

"GSA has worked hard to increase awareness of the benefits of seat management across government, said GSA's Federal Technology Service Commissioner, Sandra Bates. "I believe the time is right to extend this important capability to a broader federal audience by offering a variety of different ways to buy seat management services. We are working with the Federal Supply Service to share lessons learned, and I am committed to making whatever contribution we can to the success of the Schedules offerings."

Donna Bennett, Commissioner of GSA's Federal Supply Service said, "I am excited about our partnership with the Federal Technology Service. Our industry partners are eager to better compete in this area of the government IT markets. I am confident that their service offerings will help to improve desktop management across government."

To learn more about the availability of seat management on the GSA Federal Supply Service Schedules, and the flexible alternatives offered via the MAS ordering procedures, please contact the IT Acquisition Center Director of Business Development, Chuck Popelka at (703) 305-7573 or at (301) 409-0339. His e-mail address is charles.popelka@gsa.gov.

To learn more about the availability of seat management from the GSA Federal Technology Service Center for Innovative Business, please contact Mickey Femino at (202) 501-1619 or via email at mickey.femino@gsa.gov.