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FCW : June 15, 2015
The General Services Administra- tion had been planning to release the request for proposals for the founda- tion contract of its next-generation Network Services 2020 strategy for telecommunications in July, but a top official said more time will likely be needed as his team gathers input from industry and other interested parties. Amando Gavino Jr., director of GSA’s Office of Network Services Programs, told FCW that his team is sifting through 1,600 comments from vendors and agencies regarding the expansive $50 billion, 15-year Enter- prise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contracting vehicle that will form the foundation of NS2020. He said the complex RFP must be released this fiscal year, and in April, he left the door open to pushing back the RFP’s July release date. That is looking even more likely now. “We will still be seeing people until the end of June,” Gavino said. “I can’t say, ‘We’re taking your com- ments’ and then three weeks later get out the RFP. That’s not going to happen.” He added that even if the RFP is postponed, it would not affect the con- tract’s award target of January 2017. Several industry sources said the RFP’s release would probably edge closer to the end of September to allow maximum time for input and analysis. Gavino has been taking a diligent approach to gathering feedback, including one-on-one meetings with potential vendors. GSA also unveiled the NS2020 community on its Interact website in April to facilitate more col- laboration. At a Professional Services Council industry forum in May, GSA officials discussed NS2020 and Alliant 2. The event was closed to the press to allow a freer discussion of how the two con- tracts might align with each other. — Mark Rockwell NS2020 RFP probably pushed back is being offered through Challenge.gov for the best solution to train acquisition officers in digital services procurement $320,000 When an agency or key contrac- tor hires a top executive, that gets plenty of press. Ditto when those senior officials steer a key project to success, change roles, get their team out of trouble or decide to tackle a major problem. Far less covered, however, is the next generation of leaders in the federal IT community — those who are coming up through the ranks and doing the great work that doesn’t include a turn at the podium. FCW’s Rising Star awards are an opportunity to address that inequity — to recognize some of the individu- als who are early in their careers and are bringing amazing energy and ideas to the table. This year ’s deadline for nomina- tions is fast approaching, and we need your input to be sure we find the best possible candidates for our judges to consider. Nominees can come from govern- ment, the private sector, academia or the nonprofit world. The only restrictions are that they be actively involved in the community and in the first 10 years of their federal IT careers. (That’s not just millennials, mind you — a 60-year-old who has embarked on a second career is every bit as eligible.) What makes for a win- ner? In many ways, we rely on the same criteria we use for the Federal 100 awards. We are seeking people whose leadership, innovation and all-around extra effort are having a powerful and positive impact on federal IT. Here are some simple guidelines to keep in mind: • This is an individual award. Teams are important, but that’s what the GCN Awards are for. • Winners go above and beyond, whatever their level or rank. A fancy job title is not required, and doing one’s job well is not enough. • Impact matters. The judges need to know not only what a nominee did but also what all that work accom- plished. • The award is for work done in the previous year. Future leadership potential is important, too, but one must have had clear accomplish- ments in the past 12 months. • You can nominate more than one person. Do so early and often. So gather your information and supporting nominators, and submit those nominations by July 2. Go to FCW.com/2015risingstars to learn more, then let us know where to find the leaders of tomorrow — and the rising stars of today. — Troy K. Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org @troyschneider EDITOR’S NOTE Last call for Rising Star nominations June 15, 2015 FCW.COM 7 0615fcw_003-011.indd 7 5/27/15 1:54 PM
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