FedTech Magazine: HHS Looks to Save Money with Consolidated EIS Network Contract

“The Department of Health and Human Services is taking a unique approach to modernizing its networks under the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract vehicle.”

“In August, HHS consolidated 11 different contract opportunities under the General Service Administration’s EIS contract into a single award for the whole department, which went to Verizon. Over the 12-year life of the new contract, HHS estimate that the agency could save roughly $700 million compared with alternative arrangements and older contracts, according to a blog post from Eric Hargan, HHS’ deputy secretary, and Scott Rowell, assistant secretary for administration at HHS.”

“HHS’ approach could serve as a model for other agencies, especially larger ones with different operating divisions. ‘At a lot of agencies, what you’re seeing is separate contracts where they’ll set up a task order and then they’ll do another task order and another task order,’ Andrea Cohen, vice president of civilian sales for Verizon Federal, tells FedScoop. ‘Honestly what HHS did, while very complex, is incredibly efficient and cost-effective.’”

“The HHS award comes as some agencies have issued task orders over the past few months for EIS. However, agencies overall are behind the pace on issuing task orders and transitioning to EIS to modernize their network infrastructure and services…” Read the full article here.

Source: HHS Looks to Save Money with Consolidated EIS Network Contract – By Phil Goldstein, September 25, 2020. FedTech Magazine.

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