U.S. DoJ in ~$1B Telecom Services Deal With AT&T

Task Order valued at $984 [1.] million over 15 years to help improve mission performance

Note 1.  The total value of the Task Order is estimated at $984 million over 15 years if all options are exercised.

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AT&T is doing great in the public sector.   FirstNet has received many accolades and is world class.  On Monday, July 29th, the telecom and media giant announced the $984 million DoJ award  as part of the General Services Administration’s $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS), contract.

EIS is set to replace the current governmentwide telecom contract vehicles Networx and WITS-3, both of which will expire within the next three years. Agencies are expected to use that transition as an opportunity to fully modernize their communications infrastructure.

The Justice Department (DoJ) is the third U.S. federal agency to select a company to help modernize all its telecommunications services.

“Through this award, the DoJ will transition to a next-generation communications platform supporting more than 120,000 employees across more than 2,100 locations,” AT&T said in a press release. That work will include incorporating IP voice and other modern communications tools, as well as data and cloud security and other professional services.

“The AT&T solution will provide DoJ the flexibility and protections to meet their requirements as they aim to strike the right balance between needs to access cloud services from multiple providers and ensuring the access is highly secure,” the release states.

“The DOJ and its component organizations do the hard work of protecting the freedoms, rights and safety of all Americans,” said Stacy Schwartz, vice president, AT&T – Public Safety and FirstNet. “We are honored to provide a modern communications platform and capabilities to support the DOJ’s work for the next 15 years.”

The contract covers the entirety of the Justice Department, including 43 component offices and programs; the enterprise wide Joint Cloud Optimized Trusted Internet Connection Service, or JCOTS; and the law enforcement special communications network FirstNet.

The enterprise contract will be the only EIS award to come out of the Justice Department, the agency told Nextgov, though the FBI will be reissuing its separate solicitation “at a later date.”

AT&T is one of three vendors to complete the security review required before beginning work on an EIS contract, along with Verizon and CenturyLink. Six smaller vendors—BT Federal, CoreTech, Granite, Harris, MetTel and MicroTech—have yet to finish their security authorization work with GSA.

Two other agencies have made their EIS awards this summer: the Railroad Retirement Board, which also went with AT&T, and half of NASA’s requirement under a $10.5 million deal with CenturyLink.

Additionally, the DOJ solution includes access to the AT&T mobility network and FirstNet, the nationwide, dedicated communications platform purpose-built for public safety. FirstNet brings public safety a physically separate core network for enhanced security, priority and preemption, no speed limitations anywhere in the country, and Band 14 spectrum for their dedicated use. These services and AT&T’s global network offer DOJ and its component organizations access to highly secure and reliable connectivity, as well as vital communications capabilities when and where they are needed.

To learn more about AT&T Public Sector, go here.

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References:

https://about.att.com/story/2019/department_of_justice.html

https://www.nextgov.com/it-modernization/2019/07/justice-signs-nearly-1b-telecom-services-deal-t/158780/

 

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