Tony Bardo of Hughes Network Systems has recommended that federal agencies use the General Services Administration‘s schedule program to acquire emerging information technology or telecommunication services as they wait for GSA to launch its Network Services 2020 acquisition vehicle.
Bardo, assistant vice president for government solutions at Hughes, wrote in a Nextgov opinion piece published Monday that NS2020 is meant to replace GSA’s existing Networx telecom and network services contract.
“Agencies should leverage their ability to purchase these solutions now through existing GSA schedules, rather than waiting,” Bardo stated.
“By purchasing these services now, agencies will be proactively avoiding the savings costs associated with the delayed Networx implementation,” he added.
GSA plans to extend the Networx initiative by 3 years until the spring of 2020 in order to provide more time for the transition process.
The agency looks to increase private sector competition through the NS2020 program, according to Bardo.
He said the future GSA contract will also include infrastructure solutions, satellite, mobility and wireless, advisory and government shared services.