Verizon takes $2.5B HHS telecom contract
- By Mark Rockwell
- Aug 31, 2020
NOTE: This article first appeared on FCW.com.
The Department of Health and Human Services cut a telecommunications contract for all of its component agencies with a ceiling value north of $2.5 billion General Services Administration's governmentwide telecommunications contract.
On Aug. 12, HHS signed with Verizon Business Services on GSA's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract. The contract extends through July, 2032, if all options are exercised.
The contract covers all 10 of the agency's operating components, as well as the agency's Office of the Secretary, according to an Aug. 28 blog post by the agency's Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, and Scott Rowell, assistant secretary for administration. The single contract, they said, combines what would have been 11 separate contracts "all operating independently of each other and creating an infrastructure that was complex and inefficient."
Outgoing HHS CIO Jose Arrieta told FCW last summer that his agency had issued its EIS "fair opportunity" solicitation to contract vendors. He said then that the agency would be able to award and implement EIS as a "single entity."
The combined contract, said Hargan and Rowell, could save the agency as much as $700 million over its life because of the increased efficiencies in services and management.
Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.
Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.
Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.
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