GSA Cancels Regional Contracts to Speed Transition Under NS2020 Strategy

GSAThe General Services Administration has cancelled three Regional Infrastructure Solutions contracts in favor of the upcoming 15-year, $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract for the agency’s Network Services 2020 efforts, FCW reported Friday.

Mark Rockwell writes that Amando Gavino Jr., director of the Office of Network Services Programs at GSA, said at a recent open meeting with contractors that the agency scrapped the regional contracts to expedite the transition to EIS.

The release of the request for proposals has also been moved to September to allow further review of industry input, the report said.

According to the report, the cancelled RIS contracts covered telecommunications services in the central, northeast and western regions of the U.S. in support of the planned 2017 implementation of the NS2020 strategy under the EIS contract.

GSA will instead extend the Networkx contract and several local service agreement contracts, Rockwell reports.

Frank Konkel also reports on Nextgov that Debbie Hren, director of the EIS network services transition, noted several challenges with the previous transition from FTS-2001 to Networx that GSA now aims to avoid with EIS.

The report said Hren also highlighted the “five pillars of success” to the EIS migration efforts, namely agency involvement, transparency, a phased approach, agency transition plans, and inventory validation and consulting assistance.

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