AT&T Government Solutions Selected as Prime Vendor for U.S. Department of Homeland Security TacCom Contract

Contract Provides Platform to Modernize Networks for First Responders

Oakton, Virginia, May 15, 2012

AT&T Government Solutions* has been selected as a prime vendor under the Tactical Communications Equipment and Services (TacCom) contract. The TacCom contract, administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is a multiple award, Indefinite Delivery – Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with an overall value of $3 billion and a base contract period of two years and three, one-year options.

The TacCom contract provides DHS and its component agencies a cost-effective contract vehicle to purchase a wide range of tactical communications products, infrastructure, and services to support public safety communications for first responders. As a prime vendor, AT&T can compete against other vendors for individual awards from DHS and its component agencies. AT&T was awarded a position in all five functional categories under the TacCom contract, including Subscriber Units, Infrastructure, Infrastructure Services, O&M Services, and Test Equipment.

“We believe that open standards and the ability to select tactical communications solutions based on performance will provide first responders access to reliable solutions, which are essential to performing their mission,” said Thomas Harvey, Senior Vice President, AT&T Government Solutions. “Based on our experience with tactical communications deployments at the local, state, and federal level, we believe TacCom provides DHS a strong platform to modernize their infrastructure.”

AT&T understands the critical role network assets and tactical communication products and services play for public sector agencies, especially in an emergency.

Recently, DHS announced that AT&T is the first private sector company to attain certification under the Voluntary Private Sector Preparedness Accreditation and Certification Program (PS‑Prep). PS-Prep is a voluntary program of accreditation and certification of private entities using standards adopted by DHS that promote private sector preparedness, including disaster management, emergency management, and business continuity programs.

The standards were announced by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in June 2010. The program is part of DHS’ implementation of recommendations by the 9/11 Commission to improve private sector preparedness for disasters and emergencies. AT&T achieved the certification following months of rigorous audits that measured the company’s ability to manage and maintain operations during emergencies.

In addition to maintaining operational preparedness, AT&T offers a comprehensive suite of business continuity and disaster recovery services to help businesses and government agencies plan for or recover from significant natural, man-made, or cyber disasters.