The General Services Administration got good industry feedback on its proposed cybersecurity and information assurance (CyberIA) special item number (SIN) and could make a decision on whether to move forward with the new category within the next three to six months.

If the agency decides to create the new SIN — which would consolidate cybersecurity offerings on IT Schedule 70 — it likely wouldn't be released for another six months to a year, officials said during a call with industry representatives on Oct. 14.

GSA officials stressed that the CyberIA SIN is still in the concept phase and the agency has yet to make a final decision on moving forward.

"We are just looking now to determine what makes the most sense," Rountree added. "If creating the SIN would complicate things for the vendors or for our customers then we may consider not doing it."

GSA received 63 comments on a request for information issued in August — 62 from vendors and one from the Coalition for Government Procurement.

Four respondents said GSA should narrow the scope, namely by removing professional services as an offering.

Officials said they were pleased with the depth of responses garnered from the RFI and likely won't release another before making a decision on the SIN. The agency does plan to do more market research on how a new SIN would affect buyers (other agencies).

Rountree asked vendors to reach out to their agency partners — particularly cybersecurity professionals and acquisition officials — and urge them to give GSA input on what they would like to see in a potential CyberIA SIN.