HHS Gains Efficiencies with EIS Contract Approach
EIS, which is designed to let agencies modernize their networks, especially via technologies such as software-defined networking and 5G wireless networks, replaces the existing Networx contract. Agencies had been required to transition away from the Networx contracting vehicle to EIS by the spring of 2020. However, in December 2018, the GSA extended the deadline to 2023 to give agencies more time to switch.
According to the GSA, by March 31, 2022, 90 percent of agencies’ telecom inventory must be off current contracts and moved to EIS. And on May 31, 2023, current Networx, WITS and LSA telecom contracts expire.
If HHS had not consolidated its EIS contract opportunities into one contract, it would have needed to create separate multiple program management offices just to manage those contracts, Hargan and Rowell write.
In 2019, Rowell’s office, the HHS CIO’s office and a dedicated acquisitions reform team, ReImagine HHS’s Buy Smarter initiative, “called together technical leads from the various HHS divisions to determine what path forward made sense,” the blog post notes.
HHS concluded that it could and should achieve cost savings by consolidating, a “complex task that demands a lot of teamwork,” they write.