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GSA Awards 21 Companies Connections II Telecommunications Contract

Enhanced sustainability requirements, supply chain risk management and global reach provide improved services to federal agencies.

October 28, 2011
Cara Battaglini

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. General Services Administration awarded 21 companies a spot on its Connections II telecommunications contract. Connections II provides the federal government with a one-stop-shop for global-reaching telecommunications infrastructure products and servicess. This contract gives agencies access to everything needed to support the integration of telecommunications, networking, and network-centric applications at the LAN, building, campus, and enterprise level.

“Connections II rounds out GSA’s offerings in network services and integrates with established GSA telecommunications vehicles, like Networx, to ensure that customers receive end-to-end solutions” said Mary Davie, GSA assistant commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Services. “This contract provides great value to our customer agencies, and the enhanced supply chain and sustainability requirements in the contract drive a more secure and energy efficient telecommunications infrastructure for the federal government.”

Vendors on the Connections II contract offer complete services as well as stand-alone equipment for communications and networking that are not available through the Networx contract. Connections II includes building and campus facility communications planning, operations, administration and management, customer service and technical support.

The contract mandates that equipment purchased by federal agencies comes from sources that are compliant with supply chain risk management requirements designed to eliminate counterfeit components in the federal IT architecture. It encourages the intelligent use of resources and promotes energy efficient, environmentally safe products through compliance with LEED and EPEAT standards as well as options to purchase refurbished equipment. Connections II also incorporates International Organization for Standards (ISO) Environmental Management Standards to make processes and operations more efficient

The following companies received a Connections II award:

-A&T Systems, Inc.
-American Systems Corporation
-Apptis, Inc.
-AT&T Technical Services Company, Inc.
-Avaya Government Solutions, Inc.
-BAE System Information Solutions, Inc.
-CIBER, Inc.
-Concert Technologies, Inc.
-EPS Corporation
-Futron, Inc.
-General Dynamics Information Technology, Inc.
-Government Telecommunications, Inc.
-Harris IT Services Corporation
-HP Enterprise Services, LLC
-Netcom Technologies, Inc.
-Nextira One Federal LLC d/b/a Black Box Network Services
-Qwest Government Services, Inc. d/b/a Century Link QGS
-Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC)
-The Centech Group, Inc.
-Vector Resources, Inc.
-Verizon Federal, Inc

The Connections II contract, valued at up to $5 billion, is an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a global geographic scope and a base period of four years and up to six one-year options. More information is available online at:

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