Recent EIS activity goes on the books

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In the last few months, the Department of the Interior, the Council on Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE), and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) awarded almost $160 million in task orders under the General Services Administration's (GSA) $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) telecommunications contract, according to contracting documents recently made public.

On July 30, the Interior Department awarded Verizon a $147 million task order to provide network transport services for the Bureau of Indian Affairs' education network.

On Aug. 28, the Department of the Interior's Business Center, through its Acquisition Services Directorate, awarded a $1.6 million task order to Core Technologies, covering telecommunications services for the Council on Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE).

That award looks to be the first EIS win for Core, which is one of three small business contractors the GSA tapped to provide EIS services. The other two are MetTel and Microtech.

This past winter, the Interior Department cut a substantial $1.6 billion task order with CenturyLink for managed core network services and managed access services.

CenturyLink, which just announced plans to rebrand as Lumen Technologies, had another EIS task order win this summer from DISA on June 9 for virtual private network services access and transport services for the agency's headquarters at Ft. Belvoir, Va. near Washington, D.C. The order is worth $8.6 million if all options are exercised and runs until July, 2032, according to the GovWin contracting information. CenturyLink beat four other bidders on the contract, according to contracting documents.

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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