In an effort to make the nation’s cybersecurity posture more resilient, the General Services Administration has reached out to a multitude of stakeholders for their input.
GSA issued the request for information on cybersecurity, alongside a federal cybersecurity interagency working group, in accordance with Executive Order 13636 on Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity and Presidential Policy Directive-21 on Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. The RFI is an integral part of improving acquisition cybersecurity policy, implementation and consistency to mitigate risks and enhance security.
“Collaboration and cooperation allows government to deliver critical services to our federal partners and most importantly, the American people,” said Dan Tangherlini, GSA acting administrator. “The RFI is an important first step to a public-private partnership that will help secure our nation’s infrastructure. Developing these cybersecurity procurement recommendations is a priority for GSA and the interagency working group.”
To comply with Section 8(e) of the EO on critical infrastructure, GSA and the Defense Department were given 120 days to consult with the Homeland Security Department and Federal Acquisition Regulation Council to make recommendations on the feasibility, security benefits and overall advantages of incorporating security standards into acquisition planning and contract administration. Recommendations must also address what steps can be taken to synchronize and make consistent existing cybersecurity-related procurement requirements.
Public input is a critical component for implementation of the EO. The drive to incorporate broad stakeholder involvement led to the RFI and will ultimately result in the incorporation of the feedback into section 8(e) recommendations report.