Federal News Network: OMB requires updated EIS transition plan in IT passback guidance

“Final results aren’t in yet, but in all likelihood, agencies missed another deadline under the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) telecommunications and network modernization program.

The General Services Administration set a March 31 deadline for agencies to transition at least 50% of all services to the new contract from the Networx program.

But this deadline, unlike the previous ones, will have consequences…”

“In its budget passback guidance, which Federal News Network obtained, OMB told agencies to submit a report detailing ‘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.’…”

“’I do believe with the new administration coming in the focus on security and the need to secure our national data, the emphasis is not just to get to the cloud, but how we get it to our customers and in our users. The combination of the passback is one influencer, in addition to FITARA,’ said Allen Hill, the deputy assistant commissioner for category management in the Office of the IT Category (ITC) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, in an interview with Federal News Network. ‘But more so what I consider most important is getting outdated technology off the infrastructure, it can’t do zero trust architecture. For you to get there, you have to eliminate that technology. It’s not just about saving money, it’s also about securing that national security interest, and you can’t have access to the cloud without the network, you can’t get that information to your end device without the network. You have to have security built into it from end to end, and that’s where zero trust architecture comes into play. It’s important for agencies to say “what is that North Star that we’re going to?” The zero trust architecture is that, and where we can be able to work in a mobile environment because of what’s happened with the pandemic, but do it securely.’…”

“‘In terms of where agencies are, it’s hard to gauge all the agencies and where they’re at because we don’t necessarily get to see that information. We can only see it purely from an inventory perspective,’ Hill said. ‘I do think that this is not something that is going to happen where you see steady decline of inventory. You’ll see bulk changes and inventory has been reduced as they do the necessary infrastructure updates for their network and move over to the new technologies.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: OMB requires updated EIS transition plan in IT passback guidance – By Jason Miller, April 8, 2021. Federal News Network.


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