EIS gets best-in-class handle
- By Mark Rockwell
- Apr 27, 2018
The $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions federal telecommunications contract has joined other big names on the Office of Management and Budget's list of governmentwide contracting vehicles that meet its stringent category management performance measures.
OMB named EIS as well as Networx Universal and Enterprise as "Best in Class" services.
EIS joins other much-used governmentwide contracts such as the Army's CHESS, NASA's SEWP, as well as GSA's Oasis, HCaTS and Alliant.
The designation means the contract is officially preferred by OMB because it provides robust, prevetted solutions applicable across federal agencies, according to GSA. The contract also adheres to category management policies that give federal managers a better handle on their costs, services usage and allows more precise data for spending analysis.
EIS predecessors Networx Universal and Enterprise were given the same designation because they have both been extended respectively through March 28 and May 30, 2020, to support federal agencies' transitions to EIS.
GSA said 36 services, available through three avenues -- Virtual Private Network Service, Managed Network Service and Voice, represent over 70 percent of current federal agency spending through EIS.
Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.
Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.
Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.
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