GSA pushes Networx deadline for third time - UPDATED
The General Services Administration extended once again the deadline for federal agencies to complete their transition to the Networx telecommunications contract.
The new deadline for agencies that had applied for an extension by August 13 to write their Networx orders is now August 31, 2011, according to a GSA document released Sept. 3.
The GSA guarantee of covering one-time transition costs associated with moving from the current FTS 2001 contract vehicle will likewise extend until then. Steve Kempf, commissioner of GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, had notified agencies that they could apply for an extension in a letter dated July 15.
Among the agencies that successfully applied for an extension are the departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Justice, Labor, Interior and Veterans Affairs. Also granted an extension is GSA itself, according to the list.
This marks the third time GSA has moved the Networx transition deadline forward while still assuring agencies of the transition cost reimbursement. The last supposedly firm deadline by which agencies needed to submit Networx orders to a telecom provider was August 31, 2010.
In a July interview, Karl Krumbholz, GSA's director of network services programs, said that GSA is developing additional sole source contracts with incumbent providers to extend current FTS 2001 services for agencies that have yet to transition.
NOTE: Updated 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 13 to clarify that the Sept. 3 document is a list of agencies that already applied for an extension and were notified of the possibility of extension through a July 15 letter from Steve Kempf.