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GSA Awards Deloitte, Esper Contract to Advance AI Technology; Julie Dunne, Bob De Luca Quoted

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Julie Dunne
Julie Dunne FAS Commissioner GSA

The General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded its multiple year, $9.9 million contract to Deloitte Consulting and Esper through GSA’s Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) authority.

“The Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is pleased to offer an innovative acquisition solution to support our agency partners as they continue their work in support of the Administration’s regulatory reform activities,” said GSA FAS commissioner Julie Dunne. “This award is another gratifying example of our FAS team providing innovative solutions and acquisition support, allowing our agency partners to focus on their core missions.”

The Centers of Excellence (CoE), within the agency’s FAS Technology Transformation Services (TTS) office, and the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) have collaborated to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology solutions to conduct regulatory review and improve the rule-making process for federal agencies.

The contract was awarded to support the White House’s Executive Order on Regulatory Reform, which has pushed to apply AI solutions to government business challenges. The CoE used GSA’s Commercial Solutions Opening (CSO) authority to increase the agility of the acquisition process and acquire innovative and commercial solutions in an expedited manner.

The CoE initiative has worked to advance IT modernization at federal agencies by leveraging private sector innovation and government services. The center will also integrate best practices and expertise for holistic transformation, which will make GSA services more accessible, efficient. GSA’s CoE will also promote modern applications, platforms, processes, personnel and software solutions.

“Applying AI to a manual review many agencies encounter can increase operational efficiency for agencies throughout the federal government and the CoE has been an integral part of the process to help scope opportunities,” said acting FAS deputy commissioner and TTS director Bob De Luca. “This award announcement illuminates the ongoing strong collaboration occurring between offices within GSA, which has allowed the CoE to provide agency partners improved acquisition capabilities.”

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