GSA CDM SIN Indutry Day

Discover key insights from the GSA's Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Tools Industry Day, its impact on federal cybersecurity procurement and how Blackfyre can guide you through the evolving landscape.

GSA CDM SIN Industry Day: Key Insights

The GSA's Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Tools Industry Day offered a unique opportunity to delve deep into the future of cybersecurity tools and services within the federal procurement landscape. As industry leaders in GSA Federal Schedule Consulting, at Blackfyre we ensure our clients are always well-informed and ahead in their GSA schedule consulting endeavors. Let's break down the essential takeaways from the Industry Day and analyze their impact on procurement and cybersecurity service landscape.

CDM Tools Industry Day Highlights:

To guide our discussion, here are some significant highlights from the CDM Tools Industry Day:

  • Widespread Agreement on the Need for a CDM Tools SIN: Of all RFI respondents, a significant 72% agreed on the urgency for a CDM Tools Special Item Number. This overwhelming consensus reinforces the indispensable role of continuous diagnostics and mitigation services in governmental cybersecurity initiatives.
  • Upcoming Release of CDM Tools SIN Draft Solicitation: The GSA is expected to announce the draft solicitation for the new CDM Tools SIN on GSA Interact around June 2017. It is also planning to add the SIN to the GSA IT Schedule 70 Contract early in the summer. This timeline is a crucial guide for companies planning to apply or modify their existing schedules.
  • Streamlined Process for Existing Vendors: For vendors and products presently on the CDM/CMaaS BPA, a simplified process will be introduced, ensuring a smooth transition to the new SIN structure. This aspect is especially relevant for the initial 17 CDM/CMaaS BPA holders, representing approximately 170k products and $650M in sales.
  • DHS Approval and Product Addition Process: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs to approve products before including them in the GSA IT Schedule 70 CDM Tools SIN. Consequently, the offerors will submit an evaluation package, comprising a product evaluation form alongside supporting documents to DHS. Upon passing the conformance review, successful products will be approved and added to the APL.

CDM Tools Industry Day: Continued Insights

The insights from the Industry Day continued with more noticeable points:

  • Submission Period and Approval Turnaround: GSA revealed a probable set period for submissions to DHS, likely on a monthly basis, with a 15-day turnaround for approval. This methodical approach aims to streamline and make the approval process more predictable for vendors.
  • Emphasis on Innovation and Compliance: DHS stressed the prominence of innovation in the Emerging Tools & Technology subcategory. However, they did not shirk from emphasizing that all innovations must fulfill common requirements like scalability, security, and response time.
  • Multiple SIN Inclusion for Products: GSA elaborated that a single product could be featured on multiple SINs, offering vendors flexibility to position their offerings.
  • Further Engagement with Industry: Another industry day is slated for May, depicting the ongoing dialogue and engagement with industry stakeholders.

The Implications for GSA Schedule Consulting

For businesses keen on providing cybersecurity solutions to the federal government, these developments hold immense significance. The new CDM Tools SIN symbolizes a massive opportunity for companies to align their offerings with government needs, especially in the paramount area of cybersecurity.

For companies wishing to explore this evolving landscape, teaming up with seasoned GSA consultants is critical. At Blackfyre, our team of experts stands ready to assist with every milestone of the application or modification process. Our comprehensive GSA schedule consulting services are tailored to streamline your journey towards successful GSA schedule procurement.

Stay Informed and Prepared with Blackfyre

Navigate the dynamic realm of GSA schedule consulting with Blackfyre as your trusted ally. Our dedication to excellence and a client-centric approach uniquely position us as the go-to partner for businesses aiming to seize government contracting opportunities. Take the first step today to discover how we can support your goals in the GSA IT Schedule 70 and beyond.

Pedro has extensive background as a Contracting Officer and Contract Specialist, has worked across seven federal agencies, managing contracts totaling over $1 billion in the professional and tech sectors. His notable tenure includes serving with the DoD/DARPA during the inception of their robotics program. Additionally, he played a pivotal role in initiating the Cyber Special Item Number (SIN) within the GSA's IT Schedule 70 as a Team Lead. After graduating from Harvard, he started Blackfyre to help you win your next contract.

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