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Strategic Staffing Solutions and DTE Energy Renew Contract for Three Years

PRNewswire
DETROIT
(NYSE:DTE)

DETROIT, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3), a Detroit-based information technology (IT) consulting firm, and DTE Energy have announced a three-year contract renewal for S3 to continue working as the energy company's master vendor for IT contract work.

"S3's work for the past five years has afforded DTE Energy the ability to fulfill our goal of streamlining our vendor operations," said Lynne Ellyn, DTE Energy Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer. "We are extremely pleased to continue this relationship with S3 and we expect we'll continue to see considerable savings and efficiencies under this renewed contract."

As master IT vendor, S3 manages DTE Energy's IT vendor network in a number of operational functions, including Detroit Edison and MichCon, DTE Energy's principal operating subsidiaries. The contract continues a relationship that began in 2001 when S3 originally was chosen to be DTE Energy's master vendor.

"Over the past five years, S3 has been able to fully understand the operations of DTE Energy and refine our offerings to meet the needs of the company," said Cynthia J. Pasky, S3 president and CEO. "As a woman-owned business, S3 also appreciates and shares DTE Energy's commitment to work with a diverse group of suppliers and vendors. As we deliver on our contractual obligation to increase quality and reduce costs for DTE Energy, we also intend to provide opportunities and support to women- and minority-owned IT contract personnel firms."

The new contract is a continuation of DTE Energy's efforts to simplify its contract personnel function, in which all contractor requests are managed by S3 and fulfilled from IT contract firms working through S3. Additionally, S3 will update and increase insurance requirements and background checks for contractors and develop a matrix that clearly illustrates job requirements.

DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan; MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan and other non- utility, energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, fuel transportation and marketing, and unconventional gas production. Information about DTE Energy is available at http://www.dteenergy.com/.

S3 operates 19 branches: Detroit, Atlanta, Charlotte, two in Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Philadelphia, Richmond, New York, Tampa, New Orleans, Houston, Boston, Orlando, St. Louis and two European offices in Vilnius, Lithuania and London, England.

S3 provides information technology (IT) consulting, project solutions and vendor management services to financial institutions, energy companies, telecommunications, government agencies, and retail and health care entities.

SOURCE: Strategic Staffing Solutions

CONTACT: Len Singer of DTE Energy, +1-313-235-8809; or Peter Van Dyke of
Berg Muirhead and Associates, +1-313-872-2202, for Strategic Staffing
Solutions

Web site: http://www.dteenergy.com/