9 agencies leading the way under EIS

Lawmakers and other oversight authorities are keeping a close watch on agencies as they transition to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) vehicle. The House Oversight Committee even added agencies’ progress under the contract to the annual FITARA Scorecard.

The officials managing EIS at the General Services Administration were forced earlier this year to extend deadlines in the transition for two big reasons: Many agencies have been slow to make the move to the next-generation contract, and the government had more pressing decisions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But not all agencies are laggards — some have led the way in issuing EIS task orders and closing out their inventory and services under EIS’s predecessor, the expiring Networx contract.

As of earlier this year, agencies across the government had issued more than 37 task orders worth more than $7.4 billion.

The next big milestone comes in March 2021, as agencies are required to be at least 50% of the way transitioned off of Networx, which will expire at the end of 2023. But as you’ll see, several agencies have already accomplished that — and some are closing in on completely moving away from the legacy contract, which they’re required to do by Sept. 31, 2022.

Using data from GSA, we’ve compiled a list of nine agencies who are at the top of the class in transitioning off of Networx and awarding task orders under EIS.

This story is part of a FedScoop special report on the Network and Telecom Modernization. Read the rest of the report.


 

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Northrop Grumman demonstrates two successful flight tests for Integrated Battle Command System

Northrop Grumman demonstrates two successful flight tests for Integrated Battle Command System

Northrop Grumman successfully completed two flight tests for the Army’s Integrated Battle Command System (IBCS), increasing the level of sophistication of the system to track missiles, the contractor announced Thursday.

The tests, which were conducted in March, were part of the initial operational test and evaluation for the air defense system with a third slated to take place in the fall.

At White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, the tests sought to further stress the system incorporating more operationally realistic scenarios controlled by the Army’s 3rd Battalion, 43rd Air Defense Artillery Regiment.

In the first test, the system intercepted a high-speed tactical ballistic missile target while connecting to the Joint Tactical Ground Station (JTAGS), which delivered space-based sensor data to provide early warning of the missile launch, Northrop said in a statement.

Previously, at Project Convergence 21, the latest in a series of yearly exercises in which the Army tests concepts and technologies related to joint all-domain command and control, the ground station sent a simulated missile threat warning, according to a spokesperson. The first of the more recent tests at White Sands saw a real connection to JTAGS.

Joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) is the Pentagon’s new concept which seeks to more seamlessly connect sensors and shooters to allow for faster decision-making on the battlefield.

IBCS demonstrated the ability to defeat two cruise missile targets in an electronic attack environment as part of the second test, maintaining the ability to continuously track the targets and fusing data from multiple sensors degraded by electronic attack.

“We continue to demonstrate our architecture’s power to leverage information from every domain, delivering unprecedented situational awareness and increased time and options to warfighters,” said Christine Harbison, vice president and general manager for combat systems and mission readiness at Northrop Grumman. “IBCS’s maturity and ability to connect legacy systems significantly helps to expand their mission capability.”

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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Percent Transitioned Off Networx: 65.8%

Task Orders Awarded: 1

In September, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued its lone $15 million EIS task order, but it is about two-thirds of the way in transitioning away from existing Networx services. CFPB will benefit from using modernized telecom infrastructure to regulate consumer financial products and services across the nation.

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Department of Justice

Department of Justice

Percent Transitioned Off Networx: 57%

Task Orders Awarded: 1

The Department of Justice was well ahead of most agencies in issuing its first task order under EIS, and it was a big one at that. The $984 million task order in July 2019 was aimed at streamlining agencies’ modernization of information technology and telecommunications infrastructure. The department has also moved more than half of its telecom inventory away from the Networx contract.

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Department of Labor

Department of Labor

Percent Transitioned Off Networx: 57.1%

Task Orders Awarded: 3

The Department of Labor issued a series of three task orders under the EIS contract in September. In total, the contracts are worth $805.9 million. Meanwhile, Labor is plugging away, transitioning more than 57% of its telecom inventory away from the Networx contract.

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Department of the Treasury

Department of the Treasury

Percent Transitioned Off Networx: 72.9%

Task Orders Awarded: 5

Despite concerns from lawmakers that the Treasury Department was not moving quickly enough to EIS, the agency appears to have turn things around. Per GSA’s accounting, Treasury has awarded five task orders under its six EIS solicitations. On top of that, the department is nearly three-quarters of the way in transitioning from Networx.

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Department of Veterans Affairs

Department of Veterans Affairs

Percent Transitioned Off Networx: 54%

Task Orders Awarded: 3

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded three EIS contracts to date: one for $48.9 million and another for $55.6 million for collocated hosting services; and a third $127.3 million task order for voice services, which resulted in a protest that was denied. For a large agency, VA is ahead of the curve, with more than half of its Networx services closed off.

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National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation

Percent Transitioned Off Networx: 74.4%

Task Orders Awarded: 0

While the National Science Foundation hasn’t issued its one task order under EIS yet, it has been successful in closing out its inventory and services under Networx. NSF is nearly 75% of the way through in moving off the legacy contract.

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Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Percent Transitioned Off Networx: 86.4%

Task Orders Awarded: 1

Of medium and large federal agencies, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is a trailblazer in transitioning to EIS. Not only has it awarded a task order worth $5.6 million for managed services, but it’s also more than 86% percent of the way in offloading its existing Networx inventory and services.

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Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation

Percent Transitioned Off Networx: 68%

Task Orders Awarded: 1

The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation awarded its lone EIS contract more than a year ago. Worth $14.1 million, the contract will assist PBGC in modernizing its telecommunications and network infrastructure in support of its mission to protect retirement benefits for more than 35 million Americans with pensions. The obscure agency is more than two-thirds of the way in moving off legacy Networx contracts in the transition to EIS.

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Securities and Exchange Commission

Securities and Exchange Commission

Percent Transitioned Off Networx: 62.8%

Task Orders Awarded: 1

The SEC closed out fiscal 2020 with the award of its first task order under EIS, worth $3.6 million. Based on the agency’s needed telecom upgrades, it plans to issue a total of six solicitations to industry, and has sent three of those out so far. The SEC is well ahead of the deadline to move half of its services off of the legacy Nextworx contract by the end of next March.

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