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Fred Haines: GSA Seeks to Expand Contractor Base for New Telecoms Contract

16f936dThe General Services Administration is planning to expand the number of contractors bidding on a new telecommunications contract, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes GSA wants to issue solicitation for carriers across the northeast, central and western U.S. regions for the Network Services 2020 telecommunications contract vehicle.

Fred Haines, GSA’s program manager for NS2020 Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions acquisition, told the station that the agency seeks additional vendors to join the competition.

Kevin Gallo, GSA’s NS2020 program manager, also told Federal News Radio GSA intends to leverage the existing Schedule 70 and satellite-communications contracts in addition to the EIS acquisition program.

Haines said GSA plans to reduce the number of contract line-item numbers under the Networx contract from more than 18,000 to nearly 3,000 in order to simplify the transition, according to the report.GSA

Miller writes the agency is set to release a draft request for proposal in November and a final RFP in May 2015 while the EIS contract is scheduled between 2015 and 2017.

“One way or another, we are going to have a 15-year deal,” Haines told the station.

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