CenturyLink garners authority to operate under GSA's EIS program

CenturyLink is laying claim to being the first supplier to receive authority to operate under the General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program.

EIS  is GSA's 15-year, $50 billion program that was designed to award various contracts to vendors that help federal agencies to buy and update their IT and telecommunications infrastructure services. It's an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) program that serves as the follow-on to GSA's Networx, WITS3 and regional telecommunications services contracts.

"We're excited to be the first vendor to receive an ATO on EIS so we can immediately help federal agencies jumpstart their IT modernization plans and use the latest technology to carry out their missions more efficiently," said David Young, CenturyLink senior vice president, strategic government, in a prepared statement.  "For example, agencies that have already issued EIS RFPs can now start awarding EIS task orders."

CenturyLink said its cybersecurity, cloud, managed hosting and IT services on its network provide government agencies with the security and reliability they need to carry out their various functions. 

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EIS gives federal agencies the flexibility and agility to migrate to modern communications and IT services that meet government security standards.

GSA is extending the transition deadline from 2020 to 2023 to give federal agencies more time to transition from legacy contracts, such as Networx, to EIS.

CenturyLink said it's one of the few government contractors that offers agencies the choice to acquire IT services through its GSA IT Schedule 70, Networx Universal and Enterprise, WITS3, Connections II, EIS and Alliant 2 contracts.

CenturyLink is ranked No. 29 on Washington Technology's 2018 Top 100 list of federal government IT contractors.