Treasury awards AT&T $381 million TCE contract

The Treasury Department has awarded AT&T Corp. a $381 million contract for the department's next-generation enterprise network to enhance communications services. The contract could be worth up to $1 billion if all options are used.

Under the Treasury Communications Enterprise, AT&T will provide a single, departmentwide area network including technology, support and management for Treasury. The award was published on FedBizOpps today.

The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract will have a three-year base period until September 2007 plus seven one-year options.

Treasury currently has multiple telecommunications networks connected through a distributed hub-and-spoke architecture, the IRS Office of Procurement said in its May 4 solicitation.

TCE will be a secure enterprise network for data, voice and video. The contract includes a provision for emerging technology to enable new business requirements in addition to future government IT requirements such as voice over IP, unified messaging, IP-based desktop video/audio conferencing and electronic collaboration.

AT&T must also develop disaster recovery and continuity of operations plans, a centrally managed method to authenticate traffic and control access, secure Internet access, perimeter firewall protection, and intrusion and virus protection services.

Treasury officials have said a centralized network with consistent standards and interfaces will streamline management and improve interoperability through consolidation of vendors and products. It should also reduce costs, officials said.

About the Author

Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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