GSA Makes Major Award for Small Business
March 20, 2007
Contact: Diane Merriett (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC – GSA announced March 1 that Catapult Technology Ltd. of Bethesda, Maryland was the winner of a GSA IT Infrastructure Technology Global Operations (GITGO) task order worth at least $200 million. Catapult’s primary job will be to consolidate GSA’s IT infrastructure services.
The U.S. General Services Administration’s award of a $200 million contract to an 8(a) service-disabled veteran owned information technology and consulting firm proves small businesses can win large government jobs, and more, that it will serve as inspiration for other small firms and save taxpayers at least $15 million a year, Administrator Lurita Doan said today.
“I disagree with the critics who say small businesses can’t handle large and complex procurements,” Administrator Doan said. “The truth is that small companies are ready and able to take on bigger challenges.”
GSA’s new initiative to consolidate all contracts for desktop computing, networking, messaging and other services under the 8(a) Government-wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) aligns with Administrator Doan’s broader goal to impose stricter fiscal discipline at GSA and achieve a higher return on taxpayer dollars.
The GITGO initiative will:
- Combine 40 disparate contracts into one consolidated contract;
- Enhance efficiency by aligning functions now performed by multiple organizations and locations;
- Establish consistent IT infrastructure levels of service throughout GSA;
- Establish a consolidated helpdesk for all IT infrastructure issues;
- Improve management controls over funding for IT infrastructure, as funding will be consistently documented and analyzed; and
- Simplify enterprise efforts such as implementing new software versions, responding to various security issues, and maintaining asset inventories.
“This initiative will help GSA continue to improve the cost effectiveness, security, and reliability of our shared information technology infrastructure,” said Michael Carleton, GSA’s Chief Information Officer. “This approach emulates commercial best practices and conforms to OMB recommendations for federal organizations of our size and scope.”
At the same time, Catapult’s success in a competitive process demonstrates that small firms can take on and win large, complex procurements.
Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the Federal government. GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in Federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 170,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, acting as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to Federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and e-travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows Federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did you know? GSA's goal for fiscal year 2007 is to award 45 percent of its contracts to small businesses, according to the GSA Office of Small Business Utilization.