GSA Rolls Out First Governmentwide IT HUBZone Contract
April 29, 2003
GSA # 10008
April 29, 2003
Contact: Mary Alice Johnson, 202-501-1231
WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today kicked off its efforts to roll-out the first and only government-wide Information Technology contract in the federal government set aside for Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone).
The roll-out occurred at a workshop for agency acquisition personnel and the 36 companies which were awarded the contract. Designed to train agency personnel and representatives of the companies that were awarded the contract, the workshop also served as an opportunity to help agencies understand how this contract can help them meet federal mandates that require 3% of an agency's procurement dollars set aside for HUBZone firms.
"The HUBZone IT contract is a tremendous resource for agencies and benefit to the small business community," said Donna Bennett, Commissioner of GSA's Federal Supply Service. "Agencies can meet their own IT purchasing needs while simultaneously achieving HUBZone goals set forth by Congress." Agencies consistently have fallen short of their HUBZone goals since the establishment of HUBZones by the HUBZone Act of 1997 (P.L. 105-135, December 2, 1997).
"FTS is looking forward to working with agencies to provide assisted services in using this new contract. The HUBZone contract is comprehensive, offering an extensive suite of IT solutions to federal agencies," said Sandra Bates, Commissioner of GSA's Federal Technology Service. "On its own, it would be a strong acquisition. The fact that agencies may also receive HUBZone credit toward procurement preference goals will make this contract even more attractive to agency customers."
The contract awards cover seven functional areas that include technology and IT services such as Internet services, call centers, distance learning, video conferencing, wiring and cabling, network design, computer operations/support, network management, contingency planning, disaster preparedness/recovery and Information Assurances.
Agency participants included representatives from FSS, FTS, the Small Business Administration, the Department of Defense, the Department of State and the Department of Interior. The workshop and training session were held in Kansas City, Mo., where GSA's Small Business Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts Center is located.
GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property management agency created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. It acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services. GSA, comprised of 14,000 associates, provides services and solutions for the office operations of over 1 million federal workers located in more than 8,000 government-owned and leased buildings in 2,000 U.S. communities.