Originally set to expire on or before May 2020, GSA will extend the current telecommunications contracts until May 2023. Agencies should focus on making solicitation awards by September 30, 2019 and other transition related timelines noted below. Read more about the EIS Transition from Assistant Commissioner Bill Zielinski.
- September 30, 2019: Deadline for awarding EIS task orders.
- March 31, 2020: GSA will limit use of the extended contracts for agencies who have not made task order awards.
- March 31, 2022: 90% of agencies’ telecom inventory must be off current contracts and moved to EIS.
- May 31, 2023: Current Networx, WITS, and LSA telecom contracts expire.
OMB announced the designation of Networx as Best-In-Class. The BIC-designation for both Enterprise and Universal Networx Contracts represents a preferred governmentwide solution and provides a unique opportunity to leverage the government's buying power.
To provide access to a broad range of domestic and international network services to federal agencies at the lowest possible price.
Networx has contracts with the following industry leaders:
- AT&T Inc.;
- CenturyLink Inc.;
- Level 3 Communications; and
- Verizon Communications.
These contracts are designed to bring state-of-the-art network solutions to federal agencies. The program consists of two sets of acquisitions through which federal agencies can obtain services.
Networx Enterprise is also designed to provide federal agencies a range of Network Services with a special focus on access arrangements. The suppliers on Enterprise include AT&T, CenturyLink, Level 3, and Verizon (nongovernment websites).
To select a supplier, contracting officers at federal agencies make a fair opportunity [PDF - 348 KB] decision based on factors that suit agency needs - including price, past performance, technical requirements or any other criteria deemed fit by the agency.
The Networx acquisition has predefined service level agreements [PDF - 670 KB] for each service type. This enables the agency to know what to expect from suppliers and allows a high level of reliability for mission critical needs.
For the first two quarters of FY19 (Oct-Mar), federal agencies purchased $1.041 Billion on Networx, which represents a 3.9 percent increase compared to the same period in FY18.
One of the missions of GSA is to use the purchasing power of government to drive down prices and reduce costs for agencies. GSA closely and continually evaluates how Networx is meeting this mission, especially around the area of pricing. For FY18 Overall (October-Sep), the Networx program has saved taxpayers and agency users approximately $671.2 Million on telecommunications compared to best commercial prices. For the first two quarters of FY19 (Oct-Mar), the Networx program has saved taxpayers and agency users approximately $343 Million.
Networx offers managed security services through the Managed Trusted Internet Protocol Services (MTIPS) program, which complies with the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative.
Managed Network Services (MNS) is another unique offering where the supplier provides overall management of an agency's infrastructure including:
- Real-time proactive network monitoring;
- Rapid troubleshooting; and
- Service restoration.
- Complete data, voice and security solutions; and
- Protect agencies against constantly evolving security threats.
If you need assistance or guidance, please contact your agency's Customer Support representatives.
|Service||FY18||Percentage of Overall business volume||Business Volume Growth FY18 vs. FY17|
|Network based IP VPN (NBIPVPN)||$894,009,204||48.2%||5.5%|
|Managed Network Services (MNS)||$290,581,181||15.7%||6.6%|
|Private Line Service (PLS)||$129,778,663||7.0%||7.7%|
|Toll Free Services (TFS)||$106,079,844||5.7%||5.1%|
|Customer Specific Design & Engineering (CSDES)||$71,053,863||3.8%||10.2%|
The shortcut to this page is gsa.gov/networx.