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CenturyLink Wins $233M For SSA Data Networking; Diana Gowen Comments

Diana Gowen

CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has won a $233 million task order to provide data networking services to the Social Security Administration, the company announced Thursday.

The company won the order through the General Services Administration‘s Networx program, which the company says is the federal government’s largest-ever telecommunications contract vehicle.

“SSA touches the life of every American from birth forward, ” said Diana Gowen, a senior vice president and general manager. “They serve a vital role in the security of Americans through all phases of life. With the increased pace at which baby boomers are filing for retirement benefits, as well as unprecedented increases in the demand for all the services SSA offers to citizens, the challenges facing SSA are daunting.”

The agency needs data networking services to serve the American public and CenturyLink is expanding its partnership with the agency to help SSA deliver citizens its services, she added.

Qwest, later acquired by CenturyLink, received a broad voice services task order from SSA in 2008 to provide internal communications and collaboration via audio conferencing for disability case hearings.

Network infrastructure for data, video and voice services will support nearly 62, 000 SSA employees at data centers, regional offices, program service centers, remote operations communications centers and more than 1, 500 field offices worldwide.

The company also will help the agency transition to new service providers over the next five years.

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