GSA details Networx sunset

The General Services Administration posted a plan to limit use of legacy telecommunications contracts to help agencies move to EIS.

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The General Services Administration detailed its process for closing off the use of legacy telecommunications contracts as part of the push to move agencies to the $50 billion, 15-year Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract.

The agency released its Project Plan for Closeout of Transition to EIS, the blueprint the agency is using to move federal agencies over from its legacy Networx and WITS 3 telecommunications contract in the latest June 17 EIS bulletin.

GSA officials have been saying the agency will limit the use of legacy telecommunications contracts as the deadline to transition to EIS looms in September 2022 and the legacy contracts expire in 2023.

New guidance provides granular details on the two-pronged approach GSA is taking.

Broadly, the plan will both limit the use of Networx, WITS 3 and local service agreements to agencies making transition progress, as well as choke off processing new orders and modifications for those contracts at the start of fiscal year 2021.

After limiting legacy contract use for agencies lagging behind in transition GSA said it will issue "targeted warning notices." Agencies may appeal to not to be removed from their legacy contract.

After Oct. 1, 2020, GSA said it will stop taking new agency modification requirements for Networx, WITS and the LSAs and place them on EIS.

The EIS transition process has been slower than originally anticipated. In 2018, the agency pushed its initial 2020 transition deadline to 2023. In spite of that extension, there has been criticism from industry and from Congress that the process remains hopelessly slow.

Before he left GSA to become CIO of the City of Dallas, Bill Zielinski, former assistant commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, said he didn't expect the GSA to allow agencies any more time on the 2023 deadline.

"I don't think it's necessary and I don't expect a large broad amendment" to the deadline to give agencies more time to move their telecommunications over from old contracts.