End User Buying
Government-wide Strategic Solutions (GSS) for Desktops and Laptops was established to help Federal agency buyers easily identify contractors on vehicles that offer standard configurations for desktop and laptop computers. The standard configurations are developed by the Workstations Category Team (WCT), a consortium of over 20 Federal agencies established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
The Core WCT is composed of acquisition solution implementation partners from the General Services Administration (GSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Army Computer Hardware, Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS) who collaborate to develop a deployment strategy for the initiative. The GSS configurations were implemented for purchase in 2015. A comprehensive refresh process has been deployed every year since in which agencies provide updates to their requirements, and industry shares its directions and feedback.
GSS Version 8 systems have been available since July 2022. GSS Version 9 systems are now available. GSS Version 8 systems will still be offered until they reach end-of-life or are no longer available from the manufacturer.
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GSS for Workstations is offered through the following acquisition vehicles:
Future of Workstations Whitepaper
Workstation/End User Device Environment and Trends and Trends paper provides U.S. Federal government agencies with insight into the end user computing environment and anticipated trends over the next decade. Development of this white paper began in 2020 by the Core WCT, consisting of principals from NASA, NIH, GSA, and the Department of Defense/Army.
This paper informs federal agencies about the GSS for Workstations initiative. The trends highlighted in this paper enable Federal government agencies to shape their specific workstation requirements. The overall intent is that these insights will guide Federal government agencies on hardware technology acquisitions in alignment with the U.S. Federal Government Category Management IT Hardware Plan.
If you have any questions regarding this paper, please contact the Workstations Category Team at ITVMO@gsa.gov