EIS gets first official task order

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NASA issued the first working contract award under the General Services Administration's 15-year, $50 billion next-generation telecommunications contract.

As reported by FCW on April 5, the agency signed with CenturyLink, under what the carrier said is the first task order awarded under the GSA's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions program.

CenturyLink issued a statement on April 8, announcing the award. The carrier, one of nine EIS telecom vendors, said it will provide NASA with core backbone network services at up to 100 Gbps over the nine-and-a half year long contract with the agency.

The statement didn't provide a value for the contract, but GSA's Federal Procurement Data System indicated a ceiling of about $11 million.

"It's an honor to be the first vendor awarded an EIS task order," said David Young, CenturyLink senior vice president, strategic government, said in the company's statement. "Our fast, secure network connectivity will help NASA achieve its vision to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind."

The NASA contract could be joined soon by other awards, as GSA has issued authorities to operate to three of the largest EIS vendors, including AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon. An ATO makes a company eligible to provide services under the contract. Other carriers will soon follow, as another cadre of mid-tier carriers is nearing completion of the back-office system testing process that is required to obtain an ATO.

About the Author

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, 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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