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HOW CONNECTIONS II MEETS
REQUIREMENTS
 Overview
 Features
 Examples
 Partners
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CONNECTIONS II Overview
 Global contract (awarded Oct 2011), ceiling $5 Billion
 Multiple ...
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CONNECTIONS II Scope
 Provide connectivity from the user’s desktop to the point
of intercon...
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The “Big” Picture
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CONNECTIONS II – A Better Vehicle
Provides enterprise-wide integration capability from
EXPERIE...
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CONNECTIONS II Supply Chain Risk Management
 Creating a track-able and traceable supply chain...
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CONNECTIONS II Sustainability
 Helping agencies meet government energy goals
 Designing a wo...
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Connections II Complements Network Services Contracts to
Provide Overall Communications and Ne...
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Skill Sets Examples
 Consultants
 Engineers
 Integrators
 Analysts
 Developers
 Techn...
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Examples of Support Services
• Network Management
• Help Desk Operations
• Network Design
•...
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CONNECTIONS II – A Network Transition Tool
 CONNECTIONS II can enhance your transition pla...
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CONNECTIONS II - Transition Functions
 Pre-Planning
• Inventory validation, technology ana...
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CONNECTIONS II as an Integrator
 CONNECTIONS II can be used as an Integrator to:
• Coordin...
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Connections II and IPv6 Migration
 OMB deadline looming
 Functions Connections II could perf...
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CONNECTIONS II Prime Contractors
• CONNECTIONS II contractors can add sub-contractors at an...
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HOW AGENCIES MAKE BUYING DECISIONS
 Timeframe to Procure
• Can you get what you want when ...
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CUSTOMER SUCCESSES
 Top Customers
 Successful Projects
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Top Customers in Connections I
1. State Department
2. Army
3. Veteran Affairs
4. General Se...
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Customers Won with CONNECTIONS
 State Department
• Operate, manage, maintain existing dome...
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Customers Won with CONNECTIONS
 General Services Administration
• Maintenance & support of...
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Customers Won with CONNECTIONS
 Federal Trade Commission
• Awarded a 5 year CONNECTIONS ta...
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HOW TO BUY FROM CONNECTIONS II
Procurement Process
Hot Topics
• CONNECTIONS II and Perfor...
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CONNECTIONS II Procurement Process
 Ordering Contracting Officer (OCO) Ordering Options
• ...
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Request a Connections II Delegation of
Procurement Authority
Warranted contracting officers...
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Performance Based Contracting
 Standards of performance (indicators): Indicators by which
...
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Un-priced Items and CONNECTIONS II
 Under the CONNECTIONS II contract un-priced items
were...
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Web Tool
CONNECTIONS II CLIN Checker
• Verify pricing on contract
• Advanced version for s...
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CONNECTIONS II One-Stop-Shop Website
 Key Information on Portal
• FAS Points of Contact
• ...
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CONNECTIONS II Summary
 Telecommunications and Networking contract
 High degree of flexib...
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Thank you for your interest and
participation!
CONNECTIONS II is:
Telecom/Networks in bui...
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Connections II Overview - August 2013 Webinar

  1. 1. Federal Acquisition Service U.S. General Services Administration U.S. General Services Administration. Federal Acquisition Service. CONNECTIONS II – Global Federal Telecommunications and Network Solutions in Buildings and Campuses Debbie Clark Connections Program Manager www.gsa.gov/connectionsii 703-306-6546
  2. 2. Federal Acquisition Service 2 HOW CONNECTIONS II MEETS REQUIREMENTS  Overview  Features  Examples  Partners
  3. 3. Federal Acquisition Service 3 CONNECTIONS II Overview  Global contract (awarded Oct 2011), ceiling $5 Billion  Multiple Award ID/IQ (base 3 yrs and six 1-yr options), FAR 15 acquisition  21 Pre-competed Contractors • 9 are small businesses  Task / Delivery Order Driven  Fair Opportunity • Must include all 21 primes – on average 3-5 respond • For set-aside, must include all 9 small businesses  Supports Performance Based Contracting Approach
  4. 4. Federal Acquisition Service 4 CONNECTIONS II Scope  Provide connectivity from the user’s desktop to the point of interconnection of the customer’s network service providers.  Increased focus on capability of providing enterprise-wide solutions. • Includes all labor, products and solutions necessary to support the integration of telecommunications, networking and network-centric applications at the LAN, building, campus, and enterprise level.  Network services, including services that provide transport and access to and between customer sites, are OUT OF SCOPE.
  5. 5. Federal Acquisition Service 5 The “Big” Picture
  6. 6. Federal Acquisition Service 6
  7. 7. Federal Acquisition Service CONNECTIONS II – A Better Vehicle Provides enterprise-wide integration capability from EXPERIENCED telecom vendors Geographic scope is GLOBAL Equipment provided under the contract can meet Supply Chain Risk Management practices Sustainability (incorporated Green) Requirements Davis-Bacon & Service Contracting Act language incorporated Task Order Flexibility – ability of vendors to propose “un-priced items” in task orders – reduces/eliminates base contract modifications Complementary to Networx Task Orders can be fixed price or T&M Access to Secret, Top Secret & TS/SCI cleared personnel Customer choice of Direct Order or GSA Assistance
  8. 8. Federal Acquisition Service CONNECTIONS II Supply Chain Risk Management  Creating a track-able and traceable supply chain  Utilizing qualified suppliers  Verifying genuine ICT (Info and Comm Technology) products - not counterfeit or illegally modified  Proper labeling of remanufactured or repaired products  Valid licenses for products  Tracking standards (NIST)
  9. 9. Federal Acquisition Service CONNECTIONS II Sustainability  Helping agencies meet government energy goals  Designing a working environment that requires less energy, is less toxic, with less waste (LEED, EPEAT)  Solution longevity - more time to replacement - extended warranties  Recycle (De-manufacturing) and Reuse  Standards (ISO 14001 Environmental Management) – more efficient operations
  10. 10. Federal Acquisition Service Connections II Complements Network Services Contracts to Provide Overall Communications and Network Focused Solutions 10 10 Communications and Networking ● Planning ● Design ● Integration ● Transition Building/Campus Facility Preparation ● Cabling/Wiring ● Trenching ● Power Systems ● Construction Operations, Administration, and Management ● Network Monitoring ● Management ● Repair Customer Service and Technical Support ● Help Desk ● Web Design ● Back Office Support Network Services Contract Portfolio Connections II CNX II Solution Development and Integration Capability Resources Within CNX II Contract (Equipment and Labor) Other GSA Contracts (i.e., SATCOM II, Regional Contracts) Networx
  11. 11. Federal Acquisition Service 11 Skill Sets Examples  Consultants  Engineers  Integrators  Analysts  Developers  Technicians  Specialists
  12. 12. Federal Acquisition Service 12 Examples of Support Services • Network Management • Help Desk Operations • Network Design • Installation and Testing • Maintenance • Configuration Management • Inventory Management • Billing and Account Management • Customer Service • Disaster Recovery • Network Security • Acquisition Support
  13. 13. Federal Acquisition Service 13 CONNECTIONS II – A Network Transition Tool  CONNECTIONS II can enhance your transition planning or relocation efforts  CONNECTIONS II can provide: • Equipment: additional end user modems, phones, PBXs, switches, firewalls, servers, routers, intrusion detection • Manpower: transition management, support personnel, qualified technicians • Solutions: transition planning-execution-documentation- design of integrated contractor services
  14. 14. Federal Acquisition Service 14 CONNECTIONS II - Transition Functions  Pre-Planning • Inventory validation, technology analysis  Strategy • Organizational scheduling and communications • Architecture alternatives • Transition planning – orders and disconnects  Transition Coordination • Site surveys, cutovers, reporting, billing verification
  15. 15. Federal Acquisition Service 15 CONNECTIONS II as an Integrator  CONNECTIONS II can be used as an Integrator to: • Coordinate with access, transport, and equipment vendors • Monitor end to end performance – Time to repair, downtime, meeting service levels – Supply agency with real-time insight into measures • Coordinate trouble handling/definition • Look for trends in performance • Act as single POC with all involved contractors – Propose procedures to address problems • Report / Recommend / Develop business cases / Return on Investment (ROI) analysis  Might use Networx for IXC, local access/transport, Schedule 70 for equipment (or other combinations)
  16. 16. Federal Acquisition Service Connections II and IPv6 Migration  OMB deadline looming  Functions Connections II could perform: • Migration planning and system analysis – Inventory/assessment • Purchase, test and integration • Pilot deployment on selected LANs • Full deployment in the production network  SOW template available soon to provide guidance • Complete with sample instructions for contractors 16
  17. 17. Federal Acquisition Service 17 CONNECTIONS II Prime Contractors • CONNECTIONS II contractors can add sub-contractors at any time •Asterick denotes small business • Please see http://www.gsa.gov/connectionsii for contractor contact information A&T Systems* General Dynamics Information Technology American Systems Corp.* Harris IT Services APPTIS HP Enterprises Services AT&T Technical Services Netcom Technologies, Inc.* Avaya Government Solutions Nextira One Federal dba Black Box BAE Systems Information Solutions Qwest Government Services dba Century Link QGS Concert Technologies* Science Applications International Corp - SAIC CRGT (Ciber) The Centech Group, Inc.* EPS Corp.* Vector Resources* Futron* Verizon Federal VISION (GTI)*
  18. 18. Federal Acquisition Service 18 HOW AGENCIES MAKE BUYING DECISIONS  Timeframe to Procure • Can you get what you want when you want it?  Price (Best Value) • Can you get quality at a competitive price?  Reliability & Credibility of Contractors • Will you have access to best performing contractors? Source: GSA FAS Blueprint Survey
  19. 19. Federal Acquisition Service 19 CUSTOMER SUCCESSES  Top Customers  Successful Projects
  20. 20. Federal Acquisition Service 20 Top Customers in Connections I 1. State Department 2. Army 3. Veteran Affairs 4. General Services Administration 5. Air Force 6. Navy 7. Social Security Administration 8. Agriculture 9. Justice 10. Homeland Security 11. Transportation 12. DOD 13. Federal Trade Commission 14. Treasury 15. Health and Human Services
  21. 21. Federal Acquisition Service 21 Customers Won with CONNECTIONS  State Department • Operate, manage, maintain existing domestic Enterprise Telecommunications network • Nation-wide task order
  22. 22. Federal Acquisition Service 22 Customers Won with CONNECTIONS  General Services Administration • Maintenance & support of 26 PBX switches throughout Region 9 (California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, Pacific territories) • Approximately 62% cost savings over 5 years • Task was issued, awarded and implemented in approximately 3 months
  23. 23. Federal Acquisition Service 23 Customers Won with CONNECTIONS  Federal Trade Commission • Awarded a 5 year CONNECTIONS task order • Manage a centralized service call center, supporting several locations • Provide on-site end user support to several locations
  24. 24. Federal Acquisition Service 24 HOW TO BUY FROM CONNECTIONS II Procurement Process Hot Topics • CONNECTIONS II and Performance Based Contracting • CONNECTIONS II and “Un-priced items” Tools and Resources
  25. 25. Federal Acquisition Service 25 CONNECTIONS II Procurement Process  Ordering Contracting Officer (OCO) Ordering Options • Self-service – Delegation of Procurement Authority required  easy, fast, on-line, 48 hour turnaround • Assisted-service (DPA required for GSA OCOs too)  Gather requirements  Develop Task Order / Delivery Order Request (BOM, SOW or SOO) & other required acquisition documents  Ensure “Fair Opportunity” throughout the process  Issue order  Manage delivery
  26. 26. Federal Acquisition Service 26 Request a Connections II Delegation of Procurement Authority Warranted contracting officers must fill out this form to request a Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) for Connections II. It takes approximately five minutes to fill out. Before requesting a DPA •Before you can request a DPA, you must review these documents: •Delegation of Procurement Authority Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) (PDF, 275k, 04/16/2012) •Eligibility to use GSA Sources of Supply and Services (PDF, 46k, 10/12/2011) •Fair Opportunity Guide (PDF, 338k, 04/16/2012) •Customer Slides (PowerPoint, 3,200k, 10/25/2011) After requesting a DPA •GSA will review the form and initiate the Delegation(s) of Procurement Authority; •You should receive delegation confirmation within two business days; and, •After receiving the confirmation, you will be able to issue task orders on Connections II. Information Form Field First name… . . . Submit
  27. 27. Federal Acquisition Service 27 Performance Based Contracting  Standards of performance (indicators): Indicators by which a contractor’s performance is measured  Service Level Agreements (SLAs): Baseline indicator levels used to evaluate quality of service  Incentive arrangements: Incentives are offered based on whether the contractor’s delivery is meeting the SLAs Intended to ensure that required performance quality measures are achieved and that total payment is related to the degree that services performed meet contract Standards. Note: Refer to Section 37.6 of the FAR for a more detailed description of Performance Based Contracting.
  28. 28. Federal Acquisition Service 28 Un-priced Items and CONNECTIONS II  Under the CONNECTIONS II contract un-priced items were anticipated and are allowable. Information on proper use of un-priced items is discussed in Section G.3.1(e) of the contracts. General Information: • On individual task and delivery orders, un-priced items need to be evaluated on an individual item basis and labeled appropriately • Un-priced items will be governed by the same terms and conditions of the contract as CONNECTIONS II CLIN items • Maximum allowable amounts will be established by task order as outlined by the OCO • Un-priced items will be on the task order; need not be on contract
  29. 29. Federal Acquisition Service 29 Web Tool CONNECTIONS II CLIN Checker • Verify pricing on contract • Advanced version for searches
  30. 30. Federal Acquisition Service 30 CONNECTIONS II One-Stop-Shop Website  Key Information on Portal • FAS Points of Contact • Industry Partner Points of Contact • CONNECTIONS II Contract • Delegation of Procurement Authority for OCOs • Roles and Responsibilities • Fair Opportunity Guideline • Statement of Work (SOW) Examples • Contractor E-mail Addresses for RFQs • Link to CONNECTIONS II CLIN Checker • Website: www.gsa.gov/connectionsii
  31. 31. Federal Acquisition Service 31 CONNECTIONS II Summary  Telecommunications and Networking contract  High degree of flexibility and customer choice  Equipment, Services and Solutions driven  21 prime contractors and their subs  GSA value add with assisted service  Task Order driven - enhances competitive process  Dovetails well with GSA transport contracts  www.gsa.gov/connectionsii
  32. 32. Federal Acquisition Service 32 Thank you for your interest and participation! CONNECTIONS II is: Telecom/Networks in buildings & campuses Pre-competed high qualified contractors Flexible, easy to use, customer choice Please remember: Email: ITCSC@gsa.gov Website: www.gsa.gov/connections Website: www.gsa.gov/connectionsii 1-855-ITAID4U For more information contact:
  33. 33. Federal Acquisition Service 33 Questions? 

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