Agencies have a September 2022 deadline to transition to the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract. The Department of Health and Human Services has already made the switch. HHS says it saved $700 million.
Emily Murphy, Administrator of the General Services Administration, said HHS “did two things incredibly well” to achieve this success. “They looked at this as a real opportunity for transformation. They weren’t trying to just go ‘like for like’ … additionally, HHS worked with GSA to figure out how to take what they [were] previously awarding as ten different task orders to support mission needs and instead consolidate that down as much as practical into one solicitation.”
Deputy Secretary of HHS Eric Hargan said the prioritization from high levels of leadership was important in a transition of this nature because of the many different elements of the department. HHS had to look at over 275,000 lines of inventory and bring together multiple different contracts, according to Hargan.
“When you have to consolidate a lot of our different agencies that have all different missions in this – you have everything from the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Indian Health Service, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services – you really have to have departmental leadership involved in this to make sure that all of these different lines of service can come together,” Hargan said.
In addition to working closely with GSA, HHS also worked with “OMB on the President’s Management Agenda side of things with OPM,” said Hargan. They also built on the ReImagine HHS BuySmarter initiative, launched in 2017.
Modernizing and accelerating the transformation of the department’s infrastructure was as much of a focus as cost savings, Hargan explained. Implementing technological and system transformations is important “to make sure that you keep pace within the government with what’s going on outside,” he said. “We can see on the horizon a lot of changes happening within our telecom, cloud, 5G … that we have to get ready for.”
Hargan said the way HHS will measure the success of the transition to EIS “is through the transformation that this brings to our overall mission and the health and well-being of all Americans.”