HHS chooses Verizon for second Networx deal

Tuesday - 9/21/2010, 2:21pm EDT

By Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

The Department of Health and Human Services chose Verizon to provide data services under the Networx telecommunications contract.

Verizon signed a $169 million deal to manage and secure the agency's Internet protocol (IP) and data networks, the company said in a press release.

Verizon will provide an array of security capabilities, such as managed firewalls and intrusion detection, as well as a virtual private network that enables the agency's employees to securely gain remote access to information and collaborate more effectively via voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), Web and video conferencing.

This is the second award for Verizon under Networx from HHS. The agency also hired the telecommunications company under a $187 million contract to provide voice, audio conferencing and call center and customer contact center services in January.

HHS said on its Networx website that it will take about three years to complete the transition from FTS2001.

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