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  • Agencies likely to miss March 31 deadline to release RFPs under new telecom contract

    CenturyLink became the first vendor under the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract to receive cybersecurity approval for its business systems.

  • On heels of EIS extension, Rep. Connolly promises to take a closer look at transition efforts in next Congress

    The General Services Administration told agencies they could have up to three more years to transition to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract, but had to meet certain short term deadlines.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A knotty, tangled mess of IT systems

    The 8½ inch floppy disk held up at the recent House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing was good theater, but it doesn’t tell the entire story of the state of old technology in the government.

  • 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.

  • Does CIO stand for ‘chief information officer’ or ‘career is over’?

    With the challenges that chief information officers face today, it is worth asking whether becoming a CIO is worth the work and jeopardy it seems to entail, says former FAA IT leader Bob Woods in a new commentary.

  • Federal News Countdown: Underwhelming reform, Lame-duck Congress

    Bob Woods, founder and president of Topside Consulting, counts down the week’s top stories with Francis Rose.

  • Bob Woods, President, Topside Consulting

    The General Services Administration is pushing agencies to offer more eco-friendly contracts. Industry is already on board with the idea, but some agencies aren’t taking the bait. Bob Woods is president of Topside Consulting and former commissioner of the Federal Technology Service at the General Services Administration. He’s tells In Depth with Francis Rose what’s stopping agencies from going green.