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Secure Internet portal services not available until August

Agencies will not be able to purchase secure Internet portal services through the Networx telecommunications contract before August.

Tags: technology , Contracting , Frank Tiller , GSA , OMB , DHS , VA , Treasury , Qwest , Sprint , L3 , Verizon , Diana Gowen , Telecommunications , Networx , cybersecurity , Internet connections

Wednesday - 03/18/2009, 01:30pm EDT
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Qwest receives approval to provide TIC services

Government sources confirmed that Qwest received approval last week.

Tags: technology , GSA , Qwest , Networx , cybersecurity , Trusted Internet Connections Initiaitive , contract

Monday - 03/09/2009, 06:05pm EDT

Court OKs immunity for telecoms in wiretap case

A unanimous three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that a 2008 law granting legal immunity for companies helping the National Security Agency with an email and telephone eavesdropping program is constitutional.

Tags: NSA , Electronic Frontier Foundation , intelligence , Congress , Justice Department , national security , Sprint Nextel , Verizon , BellSouth , ACLU

Thursday - 12/29/2011, 09:57pm EST

'Glee' fans brave the heat, camp out for tickets

Fans camped-out and lined-up at the AT&T Store in Alexandria for a chance to see the stars of "Glee" and get tickets to a show at the Verizon Center.

Tags: Glee , Amy Hunter , Verizon Center , Andrew Mollenbeck

Thursday - 06/09/2011, 12:19pm EDT

GSA gives agencies more time to move to Networx

The agency is extending the FTS2001 bridge contract with four vendors for at least another six months. Most of the largest agencies have not fully transitioned to the telecommunications. GSA is readying several other contracts including for HSPD-12 services and strategic sourcing for wireless services.

Tags: Contracting , industry , technology , Karl Krumbholz , Mike O'Neill , Patricia Waddell , Larry Hale , GSA , Sprint , Qwest , Verizon , AFFIRM , Networx , Telecommunications , FTS-2001 , schedule contracts , BetterBuy Wiki , SmartBUY , HSPD-12 , Networks 2020 , Connections , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/20/2011, 07:58am EDT
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AT&T, T-Mobile merger likely bad for consumers

Jill Schlesinger, editor-at-large for CBS MoneyWatch.com

Tags: Jill Schlesinger , CBS MoneyWatch.com , T-Mobile , merger , Sprint , Nextel

Monday - 03/21/2011, 07:11pm EDT
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Greater push for data leak protection post-WikiLeaks

Edward Amoroso, the senior vice president and chief security officer at AT&T, describes the need for greater data leak protection.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , Edward Amoroso , data leak protection , WikiLeaks , Dorobek Insider

Monday - 12/20/2010, 03:15pm EST
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Video teleconferencing technology widely embraced at DISA

Video teleconferencing is more than an alternative to travel at the Defense Information Systems Agency. In fact, the demand for the agency's VTC facilities is exceeding expectations. It's no wonder then that the agency announced last week that it was re-awarding AT&T a contract to continue maintaining DISA's Video Services - Global (DVS-G) VTC system. "Telepresence is quite effective, in lieu of face-to-face meetings, in reducing the requirement for frequent travel," said Julia Brown, project manager for Defense Information Systems Network Video Services at DISA, said in an email to Federal News Radio. "Our challenge is keeping up with current level of demand." The agency has two telepresence options for employees to use. The Defense Connect Online (DCO) system allows employees to connect using equipment located at their desks. DCO is available to all authorized Defense Department employees DISA's other option is their VTC system that connects employees through rooms containing video teleconferencing equipment that function much like television studios, Brown said. The rooms are linked electronically allowing the participants in one room to see and hear the participants in the other rooms. Participants schedule a meeting through VTC coordinators and DISA maintains VTC facilities at military bases around the world. "It saves travel time and expenditures while allowing all participants to engage fully in meetings across the world," Brown said. "Our senior leaders use it for high-level meetings with other senior leaders in the DoD, but DISA also uses it for when we need all our agency employees around the world to meet for important issues, such as an all-hands meeting with our director." AT&T, which currently owns a majority of and maintains all of equipment and software under the DVS-G contract, has been DISA's vendor since 1997. The company currently is on its second contract with the agency. The current contract is worth up to $244.8 million. In early November, DISA announced that they would award AT&T a new sole-source contract, continuing the company's stewardship of VTC services for up to another five years. The new contract has a two-year base, with three one-year options. The new contract will be awarded effective Nov 30. "VTC has proven useful across the world, allowing our senior leaders to see the body language of meeting participants, assisting in a better understanding of objections, reservations, or approval," Brown said. Next week, the Video Teleconferencing Center takes an in-depth look at DISA's DCO system.

Tags: technology , Video Teleconferencing Center , telework , cisco , TANDBERG , DISA , DoD

Monday - 11/15/2010, 01:02pm EST
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