15-year, $50 billion contract provides agencies with comprehensive mission-critical IT & telecom services
WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced awards for the new 15-year, $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solution (EIS) contract. EIS is a government-wide contract that provides federal agencies with mission-critical telecommunications, infrastructure, and information technology services. The award announcement may be found on FedBizOpps.
“The award of EIS is a major milestone that demonstrates GSA’s continuing commitment to giving federal agencies forward-leaning and flexible contract solutions that are designed in collaboration with our industry partners and provide streamlined access to mission-essential, cutting-edge services,” said GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Commissioner Alan Thomas. “I applaud the great work the EIS team did to get us to the finish line. This contract is essential to our customer agencies as they improve operations and citizen services into the future.”
EIS is a comprehensive solutions-based vehicle that addresses all aspects of federal agencies’ information technology, telecommunications, and infrastructure requirements. EIS was designed to provide secure government telecommunications infrastructure services in compliance with OMB security policies. EIS is the fourth generation of GSA contracts that provide telecommunications services to the federal government.
“EIS will help agencies establish a solid foundation to modernize the government’s IT infrastructure, implement advanced cybersecurity solutions, and improve service to the public,” said Acting FAS Deputy Commissioner Mary Davie. “Today’s awards will make it much easier and more affordable for the government to make needed improvements to its telecom and IT systems, today and in the future.”
Transitioning Services to EIS
GSA is committed to deploying assistance, resources and expertise across government to help agencies through implementation. GSA and agency partners have already started working together to ensure a successful transition from the existing Networx and regional contracts to EIS.
“The new EIS contracts are the result of three years of extensive and productive collaboration between GSA, federal agencies, and industry,” said Acting Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information Services Category Kay Ely. “These partnerships provided GSA with valuable feedback that helped build and refine EIS. We will continue to rely on these partnerships as we transition agencies to EIS.”
To ensure continuity of service and adequate transition time, GSA has extended the Networx contracts and the Regional LSA contract until 2020. During this extension period, GSA will focus on helping agencies with their transition of services from Networx to EIS. GSA has developed guidance and assistance plans for federal agencies’ planning transition to EIS. GSA’s EIS Transition Handbook is available on the EIS Interact community site.
- Networx saved agencies approximately $665 million in FY 2016
- Total sales on Networx in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016: $1.8 billion
- Federal agencies spend about $2 billion annually on network services through GSA’s Networx and regional contracts
- EIS will replace the existing Networx and regional contracts
- To provide the time for an orderly transition to EIS, current Networx and most regional contracts have been extended until March/May 2020
- GSA is already working with agencies and industry on activities to expedite the EIS transition