GSA revamps its strategy for Networx deal

The General Services Administration has revamped its strategy for the pending Networx telecommunications contract and expects to release a pair of draft requests for proposals on Nov. 1, GSA officials said earlier this month.

The agency is adhering to its original strategy of splitting Networx into two contracts: Universal and Enterprise.

Universal is for companies that offer nationwide telecommunications services, and Enterprise, previously called Select, is for companies that offer specialized telecommunications services but don't necessarily have a nationwide reach.

Final RFPs will be released April 1, 2005. Awards are expected in April 2006. The contract is expected to have a ceiling of $10 billion.

GSA plans to award Universal and Enterprise contracts simultaneously, said Karl Krumbholz, Networx program manager. Under the original strategy, Universal was to be awarded first and Enterprise awards were to follow in about nine months.

Agencies can use GSA schedules along with Networx for telecommunications services, he said.

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