“After more than two years, the General Services Administration’s $50 billion telecommunications contract is now truly, fully open for business, as the last two vendors were cleared to accept task orders.
GSA awarded spots in August 2017 on the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions, or EIS, contract, developed to replace the governmentwide Networx and WITS-3 contracts. The next generation contract was designed to offer an array of telecom services and spur agencies to modernize their networks.
However, before agencies could issue task orders, the winning vendors had to prove they could deliver a baseline level of cybersecurity.”
“To verify the security of each vendor, GSA required each company to get an authority to operate, or ATO, before agencies could issue task orders to those vendors. As of Wednesday,the final two outstanding ATOs were granted to Manhattan Telecommunications, or MetTel, and Granite Telecommunications, meaning all nine vendors are cleared to…” Read the full article here.
Source: GSA’s $50B Telecom Contract Is Now Truly Open for Business – By Aaron Boyd, December 19, 2019. Nextgov.