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.
The Social Security Administration awarded CenturyLink a follow-on deal under the Networx telecommunications contract.
The agency is extending the FTS2001 bridge contract with four vendors for at least another six months. Most of the largest agencies have not fully transitioned to the telecommunications. GSA is readying several other contracts including for HSPD-12 services and strategic sourcing for wireless services.
The Defense Information Systems Agency awarded one of the remaining big deals under the Networx telecommunications contract to Qwest.
The agency wants help from federal and industry partners to improve communications between the two. GSA said it has a large toolbox of resources agencies can build on to fit their specific missions. Vendors also should be on the lookout for several new contracts in the coming months.
After meetings between agencies, the CIO Council\'s panel is concerned that even if agencies meet OMB\'s 2012 deadline to make the switch, their Internet service providers may not. The task force is hoping to meet with GSA and Networx vendors to make sure everyone is ready for IPv6.
Congressmen introduce legislation requiring agencies to transition to the new telecommunications contract from FTS2001 by May 2010. Towns said the government could lose $500 million because of the delays.
The Department of Health and Human Services chose Verizon to provide data services under the Networx telecommunications contract.