• EIS deadline extension still on the table, says top GSA acquisition official

    As agencies fret over the 2020 deadline to transition over to the new Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) telecommunications contract, a General Services Administration senior acquisition official says the possibility of granting an extension remains on the table. 

  • Industry fears new telecom contract on path to repeat past transition delays

    Crystal Philcox, GSA’s deputy assistant commissioner for IT Category in the Federal Acquisition Service, said GSA is confident that agencies will have time to transition to EIS and modernize their IT infrastructures at the same time.

  • Carol Harris: How ready are agencies for EIS rollout?

    Not all agencies are ready for when Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions program replaces Networx, after it expires.

  • 3 ways GSA is trying to ease the transition to the new telecom contract

    Now that GSA awarded the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) telecommunications contract, agencies have just over three years to move from the current Networx contract.

  • GSA picks 10 vendors for $50B next-gen telecom 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 impending EIS contract a ‘race to the beginning’ for federal telecommunications

    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.

  • Are concerns over the transition to the new telecom contract warranted yet?

    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.

  • Next generation telecom RFP a test of GSA’s listening skills

    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.

  • Bob Woods: Agencies to get a more flexible buying market

    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.

  • Agencies, vendors influence next generation telecom contract

    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.