Lockheed gets $400m job for Medicare IT

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded Lockheed Martin Corp. a $400 million, eight-year contract to consolidate the agency's networks and systems.

Under the Consolidated Information Technology Infrastructure Contract, the company will manage mainframe, server and desktop computers, as well as the centers' voice communications infrastructure and help desk services.

Lockheed Martin also will handle security and privacy services, database management, webcasting, Web hosting, and disaster recovery planning and operations.

Over the years, a number of contractors have operated and maintained the Medicare and Medicaid IT infrastructure. Agency officials said consolidation of the IT contracts conforms to federal policies such as the Clinger-Cohen Act and Office of Management and Budget directives.

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