DENVER, February 22, 2005 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced today that the General Services Administration (GSA) has completed its review of Qwest and has determined that Qwest remains a "responsible" contractor fully eligible to compete for federal government business. The attached letter indicates that the GSA took into account, among other things, significant changes in company management and the company?s ethics program.
During the GSA?s review period, Qwest continued to win new contracts from federal entities including the U.S. Mint and U.S. Air Force bases. In fact, Qwest provides communications services for many federal agencies including the Department of the Treasury, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Labor, the Department of Energy, the Internal Revenue Service, the General Services Administration and many more.
Additionally, in 2004, the Small Business Administration and the Defense Contract Management Agency gave their seal of approval to Qwest's Small Business Program, further establishing the company?s credentials as a federal contractor.
"We appreciate the care with which the GSA approached its review and are pleased that it is concluded so that we can now focus even more of our efforts on doing what we do best ? providing great service to government customers," said Richard C. Notebaert, Qwest Chairman and CEO. "We are looking forward to winning some of the major government business that is up for bid in 2005."
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