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FirstNet Reports It is Unable to Award a Network RFP By its Target Date of Nov 1st

Date: 2016-10-27
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In a blog posted today, FirstNET CEO Mike Poth provided an update on the organization’s process for awarding a contract for the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (“Network”), which had set a Nov. 1st target date for identifying a selected vendor for the Network’s RFP.
 
“From the outset, FirstNet set an aggressive schedule for the procurement knowing that the timing of the award would depend on many factors given its significance and complexity, some of which are outside our control,” wrote Poth. “This is a highly complex acquisition that requires the input and support of multiple agencies and entities; it is critical that all parties are thorough and follow the necessary processes so that FirstNet gets this right for public safety.  
“With all of this in mind, FirstNet will continue to execute the acquisition process outlined in the RFP beyond the November 1st target date for the award.  We will continue to work diligently with our Federal partners to complete the RFP process in line with the FAR, while being as transparent as allowable.”
While not able to discuss procurement specifics, Poth did state that FirstNet has “made significant progress in the evaluation process and are moving closer to a contract award in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) . As an organization, FirstNet has accomplished many of the major tasks needed to award the contract for the deployment of the Network on behalf of public safety on or ahead of schedule.  
 
“FirstNet set a high bar for deploying this Network as quickly and judiciously as possible,” Poth concluded. “Going forward, we remain committed to delivering the Network to the public safety community and the American public they serve as swiftly as possible.”
 
- Corporate News/9-1-1magazine.com (10/27/16)
 
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