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New Commerce Wireless Contract to Save Taxpayers Nearly $25M

The Commerce Department’s wireless demands, which span domestic and international markets, are critical to achieving the Department’s missions and goals. In order to continue providing reliable service while ensuring the most competitive pricing to date, Commerce recently signed blanket purchase agreements (BPA) with three major carriers (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile) to provide wireless services. The BPA leverages the volume of wireless services that Commerce purchases each year to drive competition, while providing the Department with a faster and more effective way to order wireless services.

The hard work of the Commerce team, comprised of technical and acquisition experts from bureaus throughout the Department, has paid off with better than ever terms for users. The team leveraged the Department’s formidable buying power to achieve cost savings without compromising quality.

Wireless BPA Benefits:

The DOC Wireless BPAs are estimated to save the Department nearly $25 million in taxpayer dollars over the duration of the 7-year BPA while providing the latest technologies to keep up to date with today’s ever changing mobile landscape. Through the new contract, Commerce will be able to:

  • Access service plans with Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile at up to 50% off GSA prices
  • Participate in DOC-wide pooling for voice and data that will significantly reduce the likelihood of overage charges
  • Streamline account and line management and access real time data through a DOC-only online portal with each carrier
  • Receive bi-annual rate optimization analysis from carriers to identify opportunities that further reduce costs

About Commerce’s Strategic Sourcing Program Office (SSPO):

Since October 2010, the Commerce Department has supported the strategy development, planning and implementation of a department-wide strategic sourcing program. Since inception, the Department has successfully launched over 15 strategic sourcing initiatives, capturing over $54 million in savings and a sevenfold return on investment.  These initiatives have involved the facilitation of cross-Departmental teams in developing common requirements, while increasing Commerce’s performance against small business and socio-economic goals. The continued efforts to strategically source products and services are essential for adhering to the promise of responsible spending while enabling the Department to focus on its goals and critical mission to help American businesses create jobs and grow the economy.

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