BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Verizon has been awarded a five-and-a-half year, $297 million modification to its contract with the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), to provide voice and data networking services for executive branch agencies of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
VITA is responsible for the operation of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s technology infrastructure, as well as security, oversight and governance of major IT projects. It also handles procurement of technology-related goods and services on behalf of Virginia state and local governments.
With this new scope of work, the Verizon team will deliver managed wide area and local area networking covering about 1,500 locations across the Commonwealth and advanced communications and collaboration for approximately 56,000 executive branch employees. Verizon will also help VITA develop a new, more flexible IT model, providing for innovation and improved experience.
“Verizon is a leader in both technology and telecommunications,” said Nelson Moe, VITA’s chief information officer. “Working with Verizon will allow the Commonwealth to upgrade many of our technologies and ultimately provide better service to Commonwealth residents.”
“Virginia and VITA have had a legacy of IT thought-leadership leveraging technology to improve the lives of its residents," said Maggie Hallbach, Verizon’s vice president, public sector. “Verizon is excited to support VITA’s mission and is committed to delivering high quality solutions that meet the evolving needs of the Commonwealth agencies and its end users."
The contract includes four years of optional extensions, for a potential value of $486 million over nine-and-a-half years.