GSA is taking two key steps in our efforts to establish the future acquisition contract for government-wide IT, infrastructure, and telecommunications.
- On February 28 we issued a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contracts. EIS will be the follow-on contract vehicle to the existing heavily-used government-wide Networx and regional telecom contracts.
- We are beginning discussions with current Networx contractors for three-year extensions to existing Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts. Originally set to expire in March and May 2017, the contracts will expire in March 2020 and in May 2020.
Our goals with EIS are:
- Simplify the process of acquiring information technology and telecommunications products and services
- Provide cost savings through aggregated volume buying and price and spend visibility
- Enable the procurement of integrated enterprise-wide solutions
- Foster competition and promote participation by small businesses
- Offer a flexible and agile suite of services that supports a range of government purchasing patterns
Give Us Your Input on the Draft RFP
The draft RFP comes after significant and extensive industry and agency engagement. We are encouraging comments and suggestions from both industry and government to help us finalize and further shape our program and contract. We are extremely interested in ideas that will streamline the requirements for, or result in, an expedited transition and allow agencies and industry to transition to EIS in a timely and efficient manner.
The deadline for comments for this draft RFP is March 31, 2015. You can send feedback and comments to EIS.email@example.com.
Next steps will include:
- Continue to work with industry and agencies to implement ongoing Networx and regional efficiencies
- Review draft EIS RFP feedback and make changes when it makes sense
- Schedule an industry day to go over the draft RFP and updates
- Issue the final EIS RFP in July 2015
- Work with agencies and industry in transition planning for Networx and expiring regional contracts prior to award of EIS; in fact, GSA has already begun inventory analysis and validation on all expiring contracts
- Target award of EIS contracts and issue Notification To Proceed to successful offerors by January 2017
- Plan for agencies to start transition from Networx and regional contracts to EIS in 2017
- Complete transition of Networx and regional customers to EIS no later than May 2020
Networx Extensions: Next Steps
Today, most federal agencies purchase network services through the Networx telecommunications program. In FY 2014, Networx business volume was $1.5B.
The Networx 3-year contract extensions are designed to provide time for a phased and orderly transition to EIS.
We are working with existing Networx Universal and Enterprise contractors to complete the modifications to extend the contracts so they will be available in parallel with the EIS contracts for three years after the EIS award.
The Networx extensions will simplify and make the transition easier by ensuring agencies uninterrupted existing services during this time. GSA is increasing staffing and support to provide agencies with requirements development, acquisition assistance, and transition assistance.
Staggered agency implementation across government will support strategic deployment of GSA’s and contractors’ resources and expertise to assist agencies.
The three-year extension and transition period will also give agencies flexibility as they balance internal resources between transition activities and other agency priorities.
The EIS acquisition, along with the Networx extensions, are the cornerstones of the NS2020 strategy, which is designed to lower the cost of providing network services and improve acquisition efficiency.
Finally, we are continuing to take a close look at the best ways to continue services provided through existing regional contracts, including WITS 3, prior to also transitioning those services to EIS.
Remember to send feedback and comments on the draft RFP by March 31, 2015 to EIS.firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any other questions about EIS, the draft RFP, or Networx extensions, check out our Need Help webpage for the ways you can contact us.