Interior awards its last major EIS task order for $483M

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Dave Nyczepir

The Department of the Interior has largely finished the procurement portion of its transition to the new, governmentwide contract for information technology and telecommunications, following the award of a nearly $483 million voice services task order.

Interior awarded the task order covering telephone and conferencing services to the economically disadvantaged, women-owned small business Core Technologies under the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract on Sept. 17.

The department was only 33% of the way toward transitioning off the expiring Networx contract by the General Services Administration‘s deadline of Sept. 30, 2022, as of early August but can now focus on fully on modernization.

Interior awarded Core Technologies a $1.6 million EIS task order for telecom support for the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency on Aug. 28. Together the two task orders represent Core Technologies’ first under EIS.

The department’s largest task order was a $1.6 billion award to CenturyLink for core network services and access services like Wi-Fi in January.

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On Sept. 17, the Department of the Interior’s Office of the CIO inked a $482 million task order for telephony and conferencing services under the GSA’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract with Norcross, Ga.-based Core Technologies.

The contract was awarded by the Interior Department’s Business Center, through its Acquisition Services Directorate.

The contract with Core also marks another major EIS commitment for the Interior Department. Last winter, the agency signed a $1.6 billion task order with CenturyLink for managed core network services and managed access services. 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.

The Interior Department awarded the Core contract after a full and open competition, and not through a set-aside, according to contracting documents.

Core is one of the three small business contractors on EIS, categorized as an economically disadvantaged woman-owned small business.

The other two small business EIS contractors are MetTel and Microtech.

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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, tele.com 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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