IRS selects AT&T for VPN contract

The IRS awarded AT&T Government Solutions of Vienna, Va., a contract to design and build a virtual private network for the tax agency to be deployed at IRS sites across the United States.

The value of the five-year contract released in the first quarter could exceed $54 million, the company said today.

The enterprise remote access project is based on a fully managed AT&T virtual private network, which will replace a legacy hardware and software platforms. It will provide IRS offices and audit sites with connectivity to applications and resources stored in centralized IRS data centers.

Increasingly, IRS auditors work at least part of the time away from agency premises, for example from home or companies' sites, where they currently may be unable to access the IRS network. AT&T's enterprise remote access project will provide high-speed access to more than 50,000 of these remote and traveling IRS workers so they can securely access agency resources through a variety of transport methods, such as cable and DSL.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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