TSA gets OK to begin IT project

TSA will buy gear first, CIO Patrick Schambach says.

The Transportation Security Administration last week issued the first two task orders under the $1 billion Information Technology Managed Services contract awarded this month to Unisys Corp.

Patrick R. Schambach, CIO of TSA, said that under the first task order Unisys will buy computers and other equipment for the agency's networks, data centers and help desk operations.

Under the second, the company will work with Unisys subcontractors DynCorp Systems and Solutions LLC of Reston, Va., and IBM Corp. to roll out systems and services.
Schambach said he got the green light on Aug. 13 for the task orders from the Homeland Security IT Investment Review Group.

The group is reviewing the availability of funds for IT infrastructure projects at agencies slated to become part of the proposed Homeland Security Department.

The Office of Management and Budget set up the group after ordering that the agencies halt work on infrastructure projects that are worth $500,000 or more.

Schambach said the group has agreed to let the agency use money from its $2.4 billion appropriation for fiscal 2002 to pay for the orders. The exact cost of the work still must be determined, he said.

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