WASHINGTON--The Honorable Denise Turner Roth, Administrator of the General Services Administration, is encouraging small businesses to compete for an additional $19 billion in cybersecurity spending, using easier tools to seek contracts with the federal government, in a cover article for the National Black Business Month special edition of the Journal of African-American Innovation.
"... GSA is working to expand the pool of qualified, capable vendors - particularly small businesses - that are critical to providing the expertise, skills, and manpower needed to implement critical cyber solutions. Through our “ Making It Easier to Work With Government ” initiative, we seek to ensure that all enterprises offering relevant cyber-security-related products and services to the federal government have access to and understand how to navigate GSA’s schedules," said the Administrator.
Roth also appears in a video on the daily newspaper blackmoney.com, explaining the "Making It Easier to Work With Government" initiative, and a GSA series for new government contractors is posted at blackbusinessmonth.com
"In light of this becoming this reality in which we live, President Obama made an explicit commitment to the American people that improving federal cybersecurity, and rebuilding the trust citizens have in our ability to protect and store their data, would be a primary focus of this Administration," adds Turner Roth. "GSA plays a central role in this mission by working closely with our federal customers and private sector partners to better understand lessons learned during these incidents, help develop best practices to mitigate potential breaches, and to develop new acquisition and technology solutions to help our agency partners leverage new, proven products and services that will improve our ability to secure our IT systems."
The subscription to the Journal includes access to all three issues in the inaugural volume, including a directory of African-American venture capitalists and the Harriett Tubman 2.0 article by initial guest editor Nichol Bradford in the first issue and the forecast of the virtual reality industry by video pioneer Mary Spio in the second issue. The subscription also includes a ticket to the Innovation & Equity Symposium and scientific proceedings on Jan. 15, 2016 and allows participation in the Soul of Technology Innovation Competition to be announced in October. Among the other contributors is cybersecurity vendor Col. Boykin Jordan, USAF (Ret.), a Citadel alumnus who notes the value that African-American veterans with military information technology experience bring for government acquisition offices.
The Journal was founded in January to mark the centennial of the first African-American scholarly journal, the Journal of Negro Historyby Carter G. Woodson. It is distributed to a community of policy makers, innovators, researchers and educators developed through the 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology since 1998. The third quarterly issue is guest edited by Darrell G. Mottley, shareholder of Banner Witcoff in Washington, D.C., past president of the Washington, D.C. Bar and editor in chief of Landslide, the American Bar Association's intellectual property journal.