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CenturyLink wins another EIS task order

The Department of Interior is the latest agency to award a task order under the General Services Administration's Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program. It awarded CenturyLink a $1.6 billion network services and IT modernization contract. Under the task order, CenturyLink will manage two areas: core network services and access services like Wi-Fi. The contract has 11 one-year option periods that could run through 2032, bringing the total potential value to $1.6 billion. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier has more.

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It's TBM go time

The federal government has been exploring how to adopt the Technology Business Management framework for more than two years now. According to Federal CIO Suzette Kent, it sounds like the time has come for agencies to move forward implementing the TBM framework and its standards. But because agencies come in various shapes and sizes, there's flexibility built into it. “Transparency of spend in federal government is a constant priority,” Kent said. Billy Mitchell has the latest on TBM.

App rationalization won't drop GSA's IT spend

The General Services Administration has made sweeping strides rationalizing IT applications and, in turn, cutting costs. But that doesn't mean its overall spending on IT is going to drop, CIO David Shive said this week. “The overall spend in IT at GSA continues to go up, even though our spending continues to be more efficient," he said. Rather, consolidating apps on open-source software creates license dependencies that save GSA money that it can then spend on higher-value digitization efforts elsewhere, rather than being cut from the budget, Shive said. Dave Nyczepir has the scoop.

The VA preps a 'balanced scorecard'

The Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a new way to track its progress in digital transformation. CIO James Gfrerer said this week that his office is close to launching a “balanced scorecard” to measure the success of the VA‘s various digital transformation efforts, to include the modernization of its electronic health record, medical logistics supply, human resources and financial management systems. His office is about 80% complete in development of the scorecard, Gfrerer said. “So we’re going to get a lot more focused around those measures, those metrics, those outcomes around the specific projects and start to be a bit more deliberate on what programs are succeeding or not.” More on VA's digital transformation.

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