AT&T to Support DHS Emergency Communications Office
AT&T Corp., Columbia, Maryland, was awarded $12,025,001 to exercise option year three of a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (HC1013-14-C-0003) for the Priority Telecommunication Service (PTS) to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Emergency Communications (OEC). The base period of performance was Aug. 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015, with nine one-year option periods. The current action is for the period of April 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018. The AT&T contract was one of three sole-source contracts to support the National Security/ Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) Priority Telecommunication Service (PTS) via utilizing the public switched networks. The PTS is a White House-directed program that leverages the commercially owned public switched network to provide specially designed telecommunications services to the NS/EP user community during natural or man-made disasters when conventional communications services are ineffective. This action is funded by fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funds. The total cost of this contract was increased from $43,539,078 to $55,564,078. Lifecycle amount is $309,800,000. Performance is throughout the continental U.S. The OEC's National Security/Emergency Preparedness PTS program provides communications under all circumstances, including crisis or emergency, attack, recovery, and reconstitution, when network congestion or damage renders conventional communications ineffective, by utilizing the surviving assets of the public switched network to provide priorities and routing alternatives.
The company also was awarded $8,945,232 to exercise performance work statement subtask 8.5.5, system engineering life cycle, of the same contract. Performance will begin on April 1, 2017. This action is funded by fiscal 2016 operations and maintenance funds. The total cost of this contract was increased from $55,564,078 to $64,509,310. Lifecycle amount is $309,800,000. The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, is the contracting activity.