Treasury awards AT&T $381 million TCE contract
- By Mary Mosquera
- Dec 06, 2004
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.
Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.