Using Federal Contracts to Enhance School and Campus Security Webinar (July 17, 2013)

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On Wednesday July 17, 2013 the Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the Readiness and Emergency Management (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center hosted a webinar that provided an overview of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Cooperative Purchasing Program. As part of the President’s plan to reduce gun violence in our schools and communities, GSA is committed to helping the nation’s educators and local officials make schools safer. Through the Cooperative Purchasing Program, state and local governments, including public K-12 schools and institutions of higher education, can purchase safety and security-related products and services under the same terms and conditions as Federal agencies. The program can help save time and reduce costs on items such as security cameras, emergency communications equipment, security consulting services, security design and support services, alarm and access control systems, and Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentialing services.

This 60 minute webinar, “Using Federal Contracts to Enhance School & Campus Security,” was developed and presented to provide an overview of the program and provide participants with the necessary information to better understand the eligibility, benefits, and access information of the program. The webinar was a part of an effort led by GSA and ED to help increase access for public K-12 schools and institutions of higher education to safety and security equipment and services.

This webinar was presented by Ms. Tricia Scaglione, a Program Analyst in the Office of Acquisition Management, Schedules Program Office, Special Programs Branch of the General Services Administration. She is the Program Expert and Program Manager for the GSA State and Local Programs. In this capacity, she develops and implements policies, guidelines, and training related to the programs. Ms. Scaglione also leads a national team of GSA personnel, in coordination with all acquisition offices, and trains regional and central office personnel on new and current program policies and guidelines from all seven GSA state and local programs.

This webinar was designed to help participants:
◾ the key principles for developing a comprehensive EOP for a school;
◾ better understand the eligibility, benefits, and access information of the Cooperative Purchasing Program; and,
◾ use the resources of the Cooperative Purchasing Program.

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