U.S. Treasury Banks on Verizon to Maintain and Support Major Communications Network

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NEW YORK -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury has awarded Verizon Communications the Digital Telecommunications

Switching System 2 (DTS2) contract to maintain and support its voice communications network in the Washington, D.C.

metropolitan area.

The DTS2 network connects the Department of the Treasury headquarters with its bureaus and offices in Washington, D.C.

and the Maryland and Virginia suburbs -- a total of 50 locations with approximately 35,000 employees. The upgraded and

expanded network will enable the Department of the Treasury to improve operational efficiency and automate previously

labor-intensive activities, such as ordering, provisioning and billing.

The seat management-based contract has an estimated value of $45 million with a base period of one year plus 4 one-year

options. The contract also includes provisions for special projects that are relevant to DTS2 requirements.

"Verizon looks forward to partnering with the Department of the Treasury as it strengthens its communications

infrastructure," said Randy Lucas, general manager -- branch operations, federal markets, Verizon Enterprise

Solution Group. "The work being done under this contract will provide the Department of the Treasury with a robust

communications network that will enable it to effectively and efficiently deliver services to its key


Under terms of the contract, Verizon will be responsible for total life cycle management of the Department of the

Treasury's DTS2 network, minimizing the risk of technology obsolescence, providing the department with greater control

over its communications services and offering improved access to new technologies.

Verizon also will provide comprehensive network monitoring services to analyze cable plant and switching facilities,

ensuring that adequate network capacity and facilities are available for Department of the Treasury employees.

In addition, voice and data communications managers throughout the Department of the Treasury will have access to

Service@onceSM and Bill@onceSM, the integrated communications management system developed by

Verizon for its federal customers. The system provides a fully automated and seamless service from initial ordering of

communications services through final billing. Through an associated Web site, authorized communications managers will

be able to obtain price quotes and track the status of previously placed orders. Combined, both of these services will

diminish labor-intensive tasks and the associated human error, thereby enhancing productivity and efficiency.

DTS2 is the first communications contract awarded in conjunction with the Treasury Communications Enterprise (TCE)

initiative, an ambitious network integration program designed to improve, streamline and simplify the management of

Department of the Treasury information technology programs. The TCE initiative will ensure that the Department of the

Treasury has the communications infrastructure necessary for the fulfillment of its mission-critical operations. The

DTS2 contract is the first in a series of communications contracts that the Department of the Treasury will put up for

bid as older contracts expire.

"The award of this contract to Verizon proves that we are able to offer our customers the total communications

package they are seeking," said Lucas. "The combination of our network management expertise, innovative

automated systems and excellent reputation within the federal government provided the winning bid for the Department of

the Treasury."

Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group manages the design, operation and maintenance of end-to-end total network integrated

solutions for large business and government customers across the United States. With nearly 16,000 employees in 46

states, Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group offers a complete range of basic and advanced communications products and

services to meet the voice, video, data and IP-related needs of its customers. For more information on products and

services available through Verizon Enterprise Solutions Group, visit www.verizon.com.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) is one of the world's leading providers of communications services. Verizon companies

are the largest providers of wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with 112 million access line

equivalents and 27 million wireless customers. Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world. A Fortune

10 company with approximately 260,000 employees and more than $65 billion in annual revenues, Verizon's global presence

extends to 40 countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. For more information on Verizon, visit www.verizon.com.


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