AT&T and Verizon Business are among 59 businesses that will provide IT and professional services to federal agencies for up to 10 years under a U.S. General Service Administration (GSA) contract award that has a total value of as much as $50 billion.
The Alliant program authorizes winners to negotiate with government agencies to serve as a services and solutions integrator and to provide a variety of services, including business process consulting and application development, communications applications and application management, data-center services, communication integration and management, networking, and secure-application optimization.
Alliant replaces the GSA ANSWER and Millennia contracts for individual IT task orders with a minimum value of $1 million. The contract has a five-year base and an additional five-year option.
Both AT&T and Verizon have extensive track records winning government business, but the two telcos will have to compete against the likes of each other and established IT powerhouses such as EDS, IBM, L-3 Services, and SAIC on a project-by-project basis moving forward.
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