First small business cleared under EIS contract

MicroTech is the latest of the nine primes to receive an authority to operate, as expected, with three more to go.
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The first of three small businesses on the government’s flagship telecommunications modernization contract has been cleared to deliver products and services.

As expected, MicroTech is the latest of the nine Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) primes to complete business support system testing and receive a three-year authority to operate (ATO) from the General Services Administration.

The service-disabled, veteran-owned software company based in Vienna, Virginia, can now accept task orders on the GSA-operated $50-billion EIS contract, which allows agencies to update their information technology and telecom infrastructure.

At last update, three other companies — Core Technologies, Granite Telecommunications and MetTel — were 92.3% of the way through the process as they prepared their security assessment and authorization packages for review by GSA’s information systems security manager and CIO.


MicroTech joins CenturyLink, AT&T, Verizon Federal, BT Federal, and Harris Corp. in receiving an ATO to do business under EIS.

All agencies were supposed to issue task orders under EIS by Sept. 30, but the deadline was loose. GSA intends to limit the use of extended contracts for agencies that still haven’t made task order awards by March 31, 2020, and 90% of agencies’ telecom inventory must be on EIS by March 31, 2022.

EIS’s predecessor Networx expires March 31, 2023.

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