Treasury awards contract for telecom system

Treasury awards contract for telecom system

By Dipka Bhambhani

GCN Staff

MAY 31—The Treasury Department has signed a seat management contract worth up to $45 million with Verizon Corp. to build its Digital Telecommunications Switching System 2 over the next five years.

'Treasury has made the commitment to transform its technical environment into a Treasury Communications Enterprise, linking voice, data and video,' said Bill Sylvester, director of customer service infrastructure and operations for the department. 'This is the first step.'

The DTS2 network will connect Treasury's headquarters procurement systems with those of its bureaus and offices in metropolitan Washington to automate procurement processes.

The first DTS network was built in the early 1990s under a telecom contract with Lucent Technologies Inc. of Murray Hill, N.J., but DTS2 is a seat-based, performance-driven contract, Sylvester said.

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