The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently in the acquisition-planning phase for the FAA Enterprise Network Services (FENS) Program – the successor to the FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) program that provides the majority of the communications services used by the agency today. The FTI contract was awarded in 2002 with a 15-year period of performance, including options. In 2013, the FAA announced its intent to extend the contract on a single source basis for five more years (FY2018-FY2022). The successor program, FAA Enterprise Network Services is targeting the award of one or more long-term contracts by 2021 to begin the transition from FTI.
FAA Enterprise Network Services Program is proceeding with plans for a competitive acquisition that will provide highly available and secure communications, information services, and networking capabilities required to support National Airspace System (NAS) operations and agency administration functions. The FENS Program will acquire telecommunications services, information management services (to support the FAA's System Wide Information Management data distribution capability), and specialized services such as Domain Name Service (DNS), time synchronization services, and enterprise-wide security solutions. The FENS contract will be the primary means through which the FAA will obtain these services. With a current inventory of over 28,000 telecommunications services, transition may require multiple years to plan, install, test, and put into operation. The FAA's requirements are continual and so there must not be any unscheduled interruptions in service when transitioning from one contract to another. At present, the FAA intends to award one or more long term service contracts that will provide the FAA with highly available and secure communications, information services, and networking capabilities to meet its complex, demanding, and evolving requirements.
FAA Enterprise Network Services Program Overview
As articulated in "The Future of the NAS" , the FAA is evolving towards the full integration of National Airspace System (NAS) data, systems and people. Future FAA systems and the associated operational concepts will rely on the distribution of information to accomplish this goal. It is expected that full integration will provide resiliency and decision-making that is enabled by the improved access to information.
The FAA expects that the FAA Enterprise Network Services Program will comprise one or more service-based contracts in which the contractor will be responsible for the design, provisioning, integration, operation, and maintenance of the FAA Enterprise Network Services Program network, services, and operational support systems. FAA Enterprise Network Services Program will encompass all required system resources to support FAA-defined telecommunications and information management service needs terminated at Service Delivery Points (SDPs) within FAA facilities and required field locations.
The FAA envisions that FAA Enterprise Network Services Program will support the following objectives:
- Maintain the high levels of availability, survivability, security, and performance that are required for NAS mission critical applications.
- Provide dynamic service provisioning, reconfiguration and configuration management capabilities.
- Provide insight and visibility into the network service configuration and operations.
- Evolve to future technologies that may benefit both NAS and Administrative users.
- Manage initial and lifecycle costs for both NAS and administrative communications needs.
Points of Contact
- Joseph Lahoud, Program Manager
- Jennifer Gendell, Business Manager
- Dennis L. Scanlon, Contracting Officer
 "The Future of the NAS" (PDF), Federal Aviation Administration, dated June 2016