Enhanced Wireless Mobility Solutions SIN Makes it Easier for Agencies to Buy Mobile Solutions on GSA’s IT Schedule 70
February 14, 2019
Enhanced SIN provides a single contract for mobile solutions, replaces wireless BPAs
WASHINGTON, D.C - The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) today announced the availability of a new mobility solution on IT Schedule 70. The enhanced Special Item Number (SIN) 132-53 will allow agencies to purchase a broader portfolio of wireless mobility solutions (WMS) and the new SIN will serve as a replacement for the expiring Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) wireless blanket purchase agreements (BPA).
Through the mobile services category team, GSA has been collaborating with a cross-government group of agency mobility experts led by the Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to develop a mobile strategy for the federal government.
“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,” said FAS Commissioner Alan Thomas.
The new WMS SIN includes 11 new service categories:
- Wireless Carrier Services;
- Other Mobility End-Point Infrastructure - Mobility infrastructure;
- Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS);
- Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM);
- Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS);
- Telecom Expense Management (TEM);
- Mobile Application Vetting;
- Mobile Threat Protection (MTP);
- Mobile Identity Management;
- Internet of Things (IoT); and
- Other/Mobile Services.
This solution will also provide additional supplier competition and better pricing for the collective set of mobility services. “By using IT Schedule 70, we have the great benefit of an open season for onboarding service providers,” said Acting Assistant Commissioner, GSA Office of Information Technology Category, Bill Zielinski. “This allows for greater choice and flexibility for agencies.”
The federal government spends nearly $1 billion dollars annually on wireless carrier services. This represents approximately 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. These services represent an incremental $700-$800 million annually.
The enhanced WMS SIN is now available for use by agency customers and industry partners.
For more information please visit GSA.gov.