Verizon Federal connects up Health and Human Services data network

Verizon Federal has added another win to its General Services Administration (GSA) Networx win column as the U.S. Department of Health and Services awarded the service provider another $169 million data networking contract.

Under the terms of the new contract, Verizon Federal will manage and secure the agency's IP and data networks, which are used as the foundation for its daily operations, including processing Medicare claims or providing remote telemedicine services to tribal lands.

In addition to traditional networking services such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and VoIP, Verizon Federal will provide various security capabilities, including managed firewalls and intrusion detection.

Although Verizon had been already providing services to Department of Health and Services for a number of years under GSA's Federal Telecommunications Service 2001 (FTS2001) contract, the predecessor to the Networx program, this award represents another major federal agency that has awarded its Networx Universal carrier partner.

While the Networx transition has been anything but fast since GSA awarded the Networx Universal and Networx Enterprise contracts in 2007, the Department of Health and Human Services award along with other recent agency awards and completed transitions by Veterans Affairs and others shows that some progress is being made.

For more:
- see the release here

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