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House Lawmakers Introduce Telecom Supply Chain Security Bill

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers on Tuesday introduced legislation that seeks to protect the U.S. telecommunication supply chain from foreign interference. The Secure and Trusted Communications Networks Act would prohibit any organization from using federal funds to procure communications products or services that  might pose a national security threat to domestic networks.

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GSA Eyes More Structured Approach to Offering Software-Defined Network Services Under EIS Vehicle

The General Services Administration has asked nine contractors for advice on how to offer software-defined wide-area network services to agencies through the $50B Enterprise Infrastructure Services telecommunications contract, FCW reported Monday.

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GSA Official Offers Updates on EIS Telecom Contract Transition

Allen Hill, a General Services Administration official, said 54 solicitations have been subjected to public review and four awards have been made under the potential 15-year, $50B Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract for telecommunications and information technology services, Nextgov reported Wednesday

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Federal Interim Rule Prohibits Gov’t Procurement of Chinese Telecom Equipment

A council of officials from the General Services Administration, NASA and the Department of Defense published an interim rule that would prohibit federal agencies from buying telecommunications and video surveillance systems and services from Huawei and four other Chinese telecom companies, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

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FAR Amendment Bans Gov’t Purchase of Chinese Telecom, Video Surveillance Equipment

The Department of Defense, General Services Administration and NASA are issuing an interim final rule prohibiting agencies from purchasing telecommunications and video surveillance equipment from selected Chinese vendors. The rule amends the Federal Acquisition Regulation to include a section of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act and covers all existing indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity contracts seeking services or equipment for securing and monitoring critical government infrastructure. 

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Bill Zielinski: GSA ‘Actively Working’ on Establishing 5G Spectrum

Bill Zielinski, acting assistant commissioner of General Services Administrations' office of information technology category, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday that the government is “actively working” to reallocate spectrum for 5G communications. Zielinski cited applications for 5G technology including traffic management, power grid monitoring, augmented and virtual reality, automated logistics and other telecommunications operations. 

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DISA’s Contracting Arm to Reduce IT, Telecom Acquisition Service Fee in October

The Defense Information Systems Agency’s contracting arm will reduce the fee it charges to clients for enterprise procurement services by start of fiscal year 2020. DISA said Monday that the Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization will implement a 2.25 percent contracting fee for IT and telecommunication services starting Oct. 1, down from 2.5 percent.

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