Speaking at GSA’s 2010 Network Services Conference, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson told conference attendees: “There are huge benefits to government through the transition to Networx. GSA stands ready to support the transition. We provide free technical, contracting and planning support to help agencies meet their June 2011 deadlines.”
The Networx contract is a replacement for the 2001 FTS and crossover contracts that offers lower prices than older contract vehicles with more reliable service and alternative sourcing through a variety of performance-based options provided by major telecommunications service providers. Additionally, GSA is providing transition and operational support throughout the transition.
The contract vehicle is comprehensive, covering all telephone services as well as telework solutions, managed networks, server hosting, voice and video conferencing, VOIP and internet access for all GSA customers. Optional services include cybersecurity services like virus protection, firewall management, e-authentication, secure e-mail, vulnerability scanning and incident response. Currently, the transition to the Networx vehicle is 59 percent complete, with a full transition mandated for all agencies by June 2011.
She added, “This is our way to bring cutting-edge technology to the government and we need to be aggressive about that. Networx is more than just a pricing and a mandate. Networx is about the mission of government.”