GSA focused on cloud procurement efforts for agencies, official says

Skip Jentsch, the GSA’s cloud products manager, said the agency is leaning in on special ordering procedures to procure cloud products.
(Scoop News Group)

As Congress works on legislation to fill in gaps regarding cloud procurement in federal acquisition regulation, a General Services Administration official said Wednesday that the agency has stepped in to help guide agencies. 

During the Scoop News Group-produced Amazon Web Services Innovate Day event, Skip Jentsch, cloud products manager for GSA, shared that the agency is focused on “new” special ordering procedures implemented for procuring cloud computing on a consumption basis. 

“GSA has stepped in and created this special ordering procedure,” Jentsch said during the event. “And all it does is that any kind of contract or [blanket purchase agreement] led against the GSA schedule, cloud special item number, is firm fixed price.”

Jentsch hinted at potential legislation that would further help address gaps in federal acquisition regulation. He said these regulations do not mention cloud or how to pay for cloud on an incremental basis. 


Separately, Sens. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas, last month introduced the Federal Improvement in Technology Procurement Act, which focuses on assisting agencies with the procurement cycle for IT capabilities such as cloud computing.

The legislation, which passed through the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee without opposition on Wednesday, would require federal procurement rules to update and get rid of “obsolete, overly burdensome or restrictive requirements” to allow an ease of process for contractors and collaborations between the public and private sectors.

A spokesperson for Cruz said in an email to FedScoop that the senator “believes increasing competition within the procurement process for emerging technologies is essential for lowering government costs, protecting taxpayers, and allowing innovative small businesses to compete on a level playing field for government contracts.” 

A committee aide for Peters told FedScoop that the bipartisan vote “signals its strength to continue to advance” and that the senator will work to continue building support. While there isn’t a House companion yet, the aide said “the committee is hopeful there will be interest for the House to take on this important effort.”

This story was updated May 16, 2024, with information on the committee vote on the Federal Improvement in Technology Procurement Act and comments from Cruz’s spokesperson and a Peters aide.


FedScoop reporter Madison Alder contributed to this story.

Caroline Nihill

Written by Caroline Nihill

Caroline Nihill is a reporter for FedScoop in Washington, D.C., covering federal IT. Her reporting has included the tracking of artificial intelligence governance from the White House and Congress, as well as modernization efforts across the federal government. Caroline was previously an editorial fellow for Scoop News Group, writing for FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. She earned her bachelor’s in media and journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill after transferring from the University of Mississippi.

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