FirstNet Continues States Data Collection, Won’t Affect Procurement
Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | Comments

A First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) executive said that although the entity is accepting additional data from states, the data will not be incorporated into FirstNet’s acquisition process or considered for proposal evaluations.

The initial data submitted by states and territories in 2015, on behalf of local, state and tribal public-safety agencies, was used to inform FirstNet’s request for proposals (RFP). Bids are due at the end of the month. Those original inputs have been frozen and will not be changed, said Brian Hobson, FirstNet state plans technical lead, in a blog.

“We are requesting the additional data ahead of the contract award slated for later this year so that we can synthesize and understand the most recent inputs from states and territories,” Hobson said. “Any updated or additional data that we receive this year will only be shared with FirstNet’s partner(s) after award of the network contract and will not be used to materially change the negotiated solution under the award.”

The additional data is optional and focuses on the original four key topics — coverage, users and operational areas, capacity, and services and procurement.

“While optional, this second round of data collection is another way for the states and territories to inform FirstNet’s efforts, in this case the development and delivery of the state plans, as well as eventual deployment of the network,” Hobson said.

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