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Bell Atlantic Federal Systems Awarded FEMA Contract
Company to Support Agency's Telecommunications Operations Nationwide
August 8, 1997
Bell Atlantic Media Relations
Bell Atlantic Federal Systems
WASHINGTON -- Bell Atlantic has been awarded the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) Telecommunications Services Contract to
provide telecommunications support to FEMA operations nationwide. The
contract is worth an estimated $11.7 million to Bell Atlantic, with
the company processing well over $60 million in billings. The
single-award contract will run for one year, with four one-year
The company's Federal Systems unit will provide services to support
FEMA's emergency management system, and its day-to-day
telecommunications operations within the United States and all of its
"Our highly-skilled team has a strong track record of providing
excellent service to FEMA, based on years of supporting their
emergency telecommunications requirements," said Barbara Connor,
president, Bell Atlantic Federal Systems. "We believe our past
performance was the key factor that enabled us to prevail in the
competitive bidding for this contract. We are committed to continuing
to deliver leading-edge solutions at a very competitive price to this
Under the contract, the company will provide centralized acquisition,
ordering and coordination of local telecommunications services and
equipment during both non-emergency and disaster conditions throughout
the U.S. and its territories. These products and services include
pagers, cellular phones, dedicated circuits, T-1 lines, satellite
uplinks, and basic telephone lines. Bell Atlantic will also support
day-to-day operations by providing technical implementation and
systems integration services for FEMA's information technology
infrastructure. These services include web page design, nationwide
frame relay network implementation and management, and LAN/WAN (local
area network/wide area network) integration. In addition, Bell
Atlantic will provide FEMA with a single monthly bill, consolidating
an average of 1100 vendor invoices, utilizing the Bell
Atlantic-developed TIMACS billing software.
Bell Atlantic will serve as the network integrator on the FEMA
contract. The company's core team is comprised of three experienced
small businesses: Clara Vista Corp., iris corp, and 1-on-1
Technologies. "We have assembled a highly-qualified project team with
a broad range of expertise to meet our customers' requirements,"
Bell Atlantic has a long history of quick and efficient deployment of
emergency telecommunications services and equipment to help FEMA
respond to natural disasters. These disasters include the northwest
floods in 1996-97, Hurricane Marilyn in 1995, the Northridge, Calif.
earthquake in 1994, the Midwest floods in 1993 and Hurricane Hugo in
Bell Atlantic is the largest single provider of local
telecommunications services to the federal government and provides
advanced voice, data networking and videoconferencing solutions to
meet the government's communications and information technology needs.
The company provides and maintains a variety of large, complex
telecommunications systems for the Department of Defense, including
the Defense Telecommunication Service - Washington's TEMPO contract.
TEMPO provides the largest Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)
system in the world, with a full suite of data networking and
engineering services for network integration.
Bell Atlantic Corp. (NYSE: BEL) is at the forefront of the new
communications, entertainment and information industry. In the
mid-Atlantic region, Bell Atlantic's local telephone company
subsidiaries are the premier providers of local telecommunications and
advanced services. Globally, it is one of the largest investors in the
high-growth wireless communication marketplace. Bell Atlantic also
owns a substantial interest in Telecom Corporation of New Zealand and
is actively developing high-growth national and international business
opportunities in all phases of the industry.