Railroad agency inks EIS services order

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The Railroad Retirement Board signed a 13-year contract with AT&T for telecommunications services under the federal government's $50 billion next-generation Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) vehicle.

The RRB, an independent agency in the executive branch, issued a task order on May 17 to AT&T under the General Services Administration's EIS contract. The contract covers IT and telecom systems analysis, including web hosting services, according to a filing in the Federal Procurement Data System.

The task order is for $1 million over the first year, but it has a $10 million ceiling over 13 years, until its conclusion in 2032.

The FPDS filing shows RRB received two bids on the task order, although it didn't name the second provider.

GSA has granted the three largest EIS vendors, AT&T, CenturyLink and Verizon, official authority to respond to agency bids. The remaining six vendors are closing in on their authorities, however.

The RRB provides benefit programs for railroad workers and their families. Although its headquarters is in Chicago, the agency has over 50 field offices around the country.

The agency's CIO, Ram Murthy, was a 2019 Fed 100 winner for his work on a transformation strategy to move the RRB away from the unsupportable long-term maintenance costs for legacy systems to modernized systems that would yield long-term savings.

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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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