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GSA issues RFP for three cloud services

The blanket purchase agreement could be worth $2.5 billion over five years. GSA wants vendors to bid on email-as-a-service, office automation and records management.

Tags: contracting , technology , GSA , cloud computing , Email-as-a-service , office automation , records management , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/10/2011, 07:17am EDT
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House restores some e-gov funding in CR

Lawmakers included $17 million in the one-week bill to keep the government open. This is still short of the $35 million the administration requested, but it will help keep some of the open governments running.

Tags: technology , Jo Ann Emerson , Hal Rogers , House Appropriations Committee , GSA , OMB , E-Government Fund , open government , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 04/05/2011, 04:34pm EDT

More electric cars part of GSA's sustainability plans

GSA is focused on reducing waste as much as possible, while still allowing government to be effective. Sustainability was a focus of this year's IRMCO event.

Tags: green government , electric cars , GSA , IRMCO , Greening of Government: transportation , Nick Nigro , Pew Center , John Buckner , management

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 01:23pm EDT

Telework breaks down workspace walls

A troubled economy and mobile technology are changing the workplace landscape. Literally.

Tags: technology , Telework Center , telework , Polycom , Suzanne Kubota , GSA , Gensler , International Facility Management Association , Cathy Kronopolus

Monday - 02/14/2011, 04:00am EST

DHS, GSA want feds to 'say something'

The Federal Protective Service is putting posters in 9,000 federal buildings this week, along with a special toll-free hotline, urging federal workers to report suspicious activity.

Tags: management , Janet Napolitano , Patterson , DHS, GSA, FPS , federal buildings , building security , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 12/08/2010, 08:09pm EST
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Virtual meetings to help meet sustainability, cost-cutting goals.

Agencies can take a lesson from the General Services Administration's newly announced telepresence plan aimed at saving money and the earth.

GSA discussed recently their $18 million plan to build what they call virtual meeting centers within 11 of regional headquarters offices and four headquarters offices in the Washington-metro area.

Agencies with their own telepresence capabilities can interoperate with the new GSA virtual centers with the proper technical set up. Bob Lesino, GSA spokesman tells InformationWeek, agencies need to be able to deliver and receive 1080p video resolution and support H.323/H.264.

The idea behind telepresence moves video teleconferencing to another level. GSA touts the technology behind the centers, boasting "live, face-to-face, immersive meeting experiences." Each room is expected to have high-definition video and advanced audio equipment.

"You will feel like you are making eye contact [with the other person], [you will] feel like you are sitting across the table from them, almost as if you can pass the person a cup of coffee, " said Martha Johnson, GSA administrator. "As the federal government's workplace solutions expert, GSA is exploring new ways to create a more efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable government for the American people. This includes incorporating innovative and collaborative technologies like virtual meeting centers to create seamless connections around the world. Availability of virtual meeting technology will help launch our government to the next level of productivity."

The goal is for GSA to become a model for technologies that enable a mobile workforce, she added.

The whole point of telepresence is to make it easier to get the job done. And saving time and money is part of that equation.

"The cost of travel is not just the price of a plane ticket. You have to factor in the sheer wear and tear of travel on people, " said Johnson.

The centers will be available for use by all agencies at a fixed hourly rate. The network will let any subscribing agency meet with counterparts in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Kansas City, Fort Worth, Denver, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, as well as with counterparts in other telepresence networks nationally and internationally.

The centers will also be made available to stateside military families so that they can meet virtually with service members overseas.

AT&T will develop and manage the virtual network through a task order under GSA's Networx Enterprise contract. Once the network is operational, agencies will be able to order and schedule virtual meeting sessions through a secure Web portal as well as through a valet that will be available around the clock.

Johnson said the first of the virtual meeting centers will be operational in early 2011.

Tags: technology , Video Teleconferencing Center , telework , cisco , TANDBERG , GSA , Bob Lesino ,

Tuesday - 11/02/2010, 06:43pm EDT

Teleworkers are so last fiscal year

Faster, smaller, hipper, and even more efficient, teleworkers are morphing into mobile workers.

Tags: technology , Telework Ceter , telework , Polycom , GSA , DISA , Michael Brinks , Suzanne Kubota

Monday - 11/01/2010, 05:12pm EDT

D.C. telecenters to lose GSA funding

Administrator Martha Johnson said changes in the way people work and the technology they have access to are major reasons why GSA will no longer guarantee a specific number of workers at the area telecenters. GSA remains committed to telework in other ways, including the launch of a new collaboration platform called FedSpace. It also awarded a contract to deploy telepresence at 15 offices around the country.

Tags: technology , Dave McClure , Bob Peck , GSA , PTO , AT&T , telework , telecenter , video conferencing , FedSpace , Web 2.0 , collaboration , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/28/2010, 07:09am EDT
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In case of emergency, pull on telework

Telework proves itself again when a Continuity of Operations Plan comes together.

Tags: technology , Telework Ceter , telework , DoC , GSA , Polycom , Suzanne Kubota

Friday - 10/08/2010, 06:44pm EDT

Feds have new option for getting around D.C.

OPM, GSA and DoT sign on to offer bicycle sharing through the Capital Bikeshare Program in the city. OPM bought a corporate membership for 300 employees to use the bikes to get to meetings or for exercise for up to 30 minutes for free.

Tags: pay and benefits , John Berry , Roy Kienit , OPM , DoT , GSA , Gabe Klein , Washington D.C. DoT , bikeshare program , Jason Miller , Greening of Government: transportation , green government , Greening of Government: people

Tuesday - 10/05/2010, 07:15am EDT
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