DOD signs up for WITS 2001

DOD signs up for WITS 2001

The Defense Department plans to use the nonmandatory Washington Interagency Telecommunications System 2001 contract for its Washington-area telecommunications needs.

WITS 2001'which the General Services Administration in January awarded to Verizon Communications Inc.'provides local voice, data and teleconferencing services to government offices in and near the nation's capital.

For WITS 2001, Verizon supplies services and premises equipment. The previous WITS contract used a government-owned telephone network.

Verizon, formerly Bell Atlantic Corp., has been providing local telecommunications services to DOD under the Defense Telecommunications Modernization Project contract.

TEMPO services in the national capital region will begin cutting over to WITS 2001 in April.

'Tony Lee Orr, William Jackson and Susan M. Menke

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