EDS Awarded Two-Year Australian Taxation Office Contract Extension



    CANBERRA, Texas and PLANO, Texas, Oct. 1 /CNW/ -- The Australian Taxation
Office (ATO) has extended its original US $1.8 billion outsourcing contract
with EDS for another two years. The total contract value of the extension was
not disclosed.
    Under the agreement EDS will continue to deliver information and
communication technology (ICT) infrastructure services to the ATO until 2010.
Current services include managing the ATO's computer mainframe and server
environment and data storage and communications network and providing
workplace and customer relationship management services.
    EDS Australia managing director Chris Mitchell said the extension was a
significant endorsement of the strong business relationship developed between
EDS and the ATO since 1999.
    "This is the third extension of our initial contract which only provided
for two renewals, so this is a significant vote of confidence," Mr. Mitchell
said.
    The ATO announced today that it will continue outsourcing its ICT
requirements after 2010 under a new strategy delivered in three tranches.
    "This new approach to ICT procurement will provide further opportunities
for EDS and reinforces the ATO's belief in outsourcing," said Mr. Mitchell.
"EDS is in a strong position to compete for these services."
    This represents one of the largest strategic information technology
services relationships in Australia and allows the ATO to focus on its core
functions including delivering consistent and crucial services to Australian
citizens.
    "EDS has worked hard over the past eight years to deliver innovative and
cost-effective solutions, and is committed to continue the momentum over the
next two years and beyond as we enter a new phase in this relationship," said
Mr. Mitchell

    About EDS

    EDS (NYSE:   EDS) is a leading global technology services company
delivering business solutions to its clients. EDS founded the information
technology outsourcing industry 45 years ago. Today, EDS delivers a broad
portfolio of information technology and business process outsourcing services
to clients in the manufacturing, financial services, healthcare,
communications, energy, transportation, and consumer and retail industries and
to governments around the world. Learn more at eds.com.
    
    Paula Driscoll - EDS Australia           Travis Jacobsen - EDS U.S.
    0400 641 033                             +1 972 797 8751
    paula.driscoll@eds.com                   travis.jacobson@eds.com
    




For further information:

For further information: Paula Driscoll of EDS Australia, 0400 641 033,
paula.driscoll@eds.com; or Travis Jacobsen of EDS U.S., (972) 797-8751, 
travis.jacobson@eds.com Web Site: http://www.eds.com

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