The General Services Administration’s Networx telecommunications contract saved agencies more than $678 million in 2013, according to an agency announcement.
Bill Lewis, GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service integrated technology service’s Networx program manager, said in a blog post Nov. 20 the savings were about 35 percent off of regular prices.
In 2013, agencies spent more than $1.3 billion on services from toll-free numbers to voice, data and video services. Since 2007, agency use of those services has increased by 800 percent, but the cost has only grown by 43 percent, according to GSA.
Lewis said these services also can encourage mobility by providing the technology that employees need to work from any location. This saves agencies money on real estate while increasing productivity.
“With these services, rather than being tied to a desk and desk phone, federal employees now have access to information wherever they are, through services like video chat, virtual private networks and web conferencing,” Lewis said.