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CenturyLink has been awarded a $1.6 billion contract with the U.S. Department of Interior (DoI) via the General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program
Fremont, CA: CenturyLink has been awarded a $1.6 billion contract from the U.S. Department of Interior (DoI) via the General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program. The contract is a part of the $50 billion projects for the development of next-generation telecommunications.
The terms of the task order dwell on the two of the agency's networking areas, in which CenturyLink will work. It will primarily modernize the DoI's wide-ranging network services for subsidiaries such as the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. The company will also focus on managed core network and managed access services for a total $1.6 billion ceiling. It will work through 2032, if all options are executed as scheduled.
The award was finalized in September but was on hold due to the protest from Verizon as they had placed a bid on the task order too. The protest was mainly about the pricing issue, which was resolved in time by the Government Accountability Office in favor of CenturyLink.
"This award from DOI shows that government agencies are increasingly turning to CenturyLink as their trusted provider to help them with their IT modernization efforts so they can focus on their mission," David Young, CenturyLink senior vice president of the public sector, commented.
The Interior Department is a central body with footprints all over the nation, including the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Land Management. The DoI, which was founded in 1849, employs more than 65,000 employees and 280,000 volunteers that are spread across 2,400 locations.
The drive of the DoI to modernize through EIS development is "good news for the GSA and the Office of Management and Budget," former Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Jim Williams noted. Williams, who is at present a partner at Schambach & Williams Consulting, stated that contract managers and acquisition policymakers are waiting for EIS success stories to fuel the vehicle as a useful modernization tool to several other agencies looking to upgrade systems. Williams expects that Interior Department CIO, William Vajda "will look to do something transformational" with the EIS task order.
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