GSA tinkers with Networx plan

The General Services Administration is considering major changes to Networx, its $10 billion telecommunications governmentwide acquisition follow-on to FTS 2001, GSA officials told lawmakers late last month.

GSA's Federal Technology Service commissioner Sandra Bates told the House Government Reform Committee that GSA is taking a closer look at four areas.

First is the continuity requirement that vendors who bid on the Universal phase of the contract must provide the full scope of services nationally and internationally at all government locations. Bates said GSA would decide whether it should ease the requirement.

Second, GSA will decide if a minimum revenue guarantee is needed. The FTS 2001 guarantee was $750 million per contractor, meaning the government committed to spending $1.5 billion on the two contracts.

Third is whether there is a need for two phases. The plan now calls for two: the Universal phase and the Select phase. Bates said GSA will examine whether two phases are needed and whether the work could be broken down by functional area instead of the Universal and Select phases.

Finally, Bates said her agency will look at whether the project's billing requirements are too complex.

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