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OMB Requires Agencies to Submit EIS Transition Progress Report by July; GSA’s Allen Hill Quoted

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The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has directed federal agencies to submit by July 1st a report on how they are advancing their transition to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract for telecommunications and network modernization services, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

An agency should outline in the report “how it will make progress on past-due milestones and actions it will take to complete the transition before the legacy contracts expire on May 31, 2023,” according to OMB’s budget passback guidance obtained by FNN.

The General Services Administration (GSA) gave agencies a March 31st deadline to shift 50 percent of all services from the Networx contract to EIS, which was awarded in July 2017.

Allen Hill, deputy assistant commissioner for category management in the office of the information technology category at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), told FNN that GSA will have to wait for new data to come in by May to determine whether agencies met the March deadline.

Hill said agencies have awarded approximately $14.5 billion in EIS task orders in the past few years and of the nine selected contractors, eight have secured work under the contract.

He added that agencies have issued 164 of the 212 expected EIS fair opportunity solicitations to vendors. Of those 164 issued solicitations, agencies have awarded 93 EIS task orders.