Now that GSA awarded the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) telecommunications contract, agencies have just over three years to move from the current Networx contract.
The General Services Administration awarded a spot on the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract to four incumbents and six new telecommunication bidders to increase competition.
GSA’s Bill Zielinski, deputy assistant commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service’s IT category management, said his agency is very close to awarding the milestone contract.
HHS CIO Beth Killoran said moving 400,000 telecommunications inventory items to the new Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract in two-and-a-half years may not be feasible.
The General Services Administration on Oct. 16 released a 15-year, $50 billion telecommunications solicitation as the follow-on to the Networx contract. GSA hopes to avoid the mistakes it made with Networx with the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.
Agencies will soon have an easier time buying telecom, cloud and other network services. The General Services Administration is working on the first of a few successors to its Networx contracts. Network Services 2020 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions is offering agencies a more flexible buying market. Bob Woods is president of Topside Consulting and former commissioner of the Federal Technology Service at GSA. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the differences between the current Networx contracts and NS 20-20 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions.
The General Services Administration spent almost two years listening to departments and contractors to improve how the Network Services 2020 program should work. The result is a draft Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions RFP that GSA released Feb. 28.
The General Services Administration extended the Networx contract for three years and released the draft request for proposals for the first major piece of the Network Services 2020 vehicle Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) on Feb. 28.
GSA has made it clear the follow-on to Networx, called Network Services 2020, will live up to its name with most agencies not completely migrating to the new contract for another five years.
The strategy under development for the Network Services 2020 telecommunications contract is focused on expanding the number of vendors offering services. During the creation of the current contract, called Networx, the General Services Administration inadvertently limited competition to five large carriers. Federal News Radio’s executive editor Jason Miller joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to discuss how GSA is trying to learn from its mistakes of the past as it develops the new NS2020 strategy.
The General Services Administration received responses Thursday from vendors on how to shape the first major acquisition under the Network Services 2020 program. Officials say they are heeding the mistakes and missteps of the Networx contract. GSA expects to issue a RFP in November and make the first awards in May 2015.
The Government Accountability Office found in a new report that the 33-month delay in moving to GSA’s Networx contract from FTS2001 caused agencies to spend more money and miss out on potential savings.
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Brendan Goode, the director of network security deployment in the National Protection and Programs Directorate in DHS, said 15 out of the initial 23 agencies expected to implement Einstein 3 have signed memorandums of agreements with the department. E3A will use both unclassified and classified indicators to understand risks and vulnerabilities of federal networks.
The General Services Administration is preparing the Network Services 2020 program that would move the government to a standardized telecommunications network infrastructure. Other agencies, such as VA and ATF, are building on their experiences with the cloud to create an agile network infrastructure.