GSA’s Information Technology Category operation recently shared its top priority items for FY’18.  Whether you’re a hardware, software, or solutions provider, knowing where GSA is headed can help you work with them to best serve common federal customers.  Here’s a brief look at the top 5 areas:  EIS – Awarding EIS was a massive accomplishment, but now the real work begins with transition. Issuing FISMA Authorities to Operate (ATOs) is a top priority here.  Transition to New GWACs –  GSA GWACs have been a great benefit to both government and industry, and now the agency is preparing for the next generation of GWACs:  Alliant 2, Alliant 2 Small Business, and Vets 2.  All of these vehicles are already designated Best-in-Class and preferred for federal use.  Blockchain/Distributed Ledger – GSA officials pride themselves on being a test ground for new technologies for government.  They are continuing that tradition by exploring the efficacy of blockchain technology.  There is a lot of interest across government in exploring blockchain, and GSA wants to be one of the first Proof of Concepts that agencies can learn from.

Software License Management Service (SLMS) – GSA began a SLMS pilot last year as a way for agencies to better manage their software licenses across the enterprise.  They are now seeking to expand that pilot to allow more agencies to participate.  HSPD-12 Expansion – GSA’s HSPD-12 shared service program helps make federal physical space, devices, and systems more secure. Agency officials are looking to expand the program to more agencies in FY18. Agencies are looking to shared services as a way to increase efficiency and effectiveness, and HSPD-12 is a great success story here.