Census signs five-year contract with SAS for software, services

Census signs five-year contract with SAS for software, services

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

The Census Bureau has signed a $16.5 million, five-year contract with SAS Institute Inc. for unlimited use of the Cary, N.C., company's software and services.

It is the bureau's third consecutive contract with SAS, said Bob Bateman, a contracting officer's technical representative. The agreement supplies future SAS products as well as current ones.

'We wanted to provide the Census Bureau with a contract that relieves them of administering licenses so they can put that energy toward meeting their mission,' said Jeff Babcock, SAS Institute's vice president of public-sector sales and marketing.

About 1,500 Census statisticians and programmers use SAS software extensively, and many other employees may be using applications developed with SAS technology without realizing it, Bateman said.

Besides the base SAS statistical software, products used at the bureau include the SAS/IntrNet Web development product, the SAS/MDDB Server multidimensional database tool and the AppDev Studio application development kit, Bateman said.

Census will have access to some recently developed SAS software, including financial and human resources packages. Babcock said bureau officials also have expressed interest in the company's intrusion detection software and WebHound, which reports clickstream data from Web sites [GCN, April 17, Page 6].

The contract pays for all the software Census needs to complete many tasks for the next five years. 'Their challenge internally is to get people to use it,' Babcock said. He said bureau officials will encourage workers to check what SAS products might fit their needs before buying additional software.

Census also will help SAS test new technologies and comment on their usefulness, Babcock said.

The Bureau is one of SAS Institute's four largest federal customers, Babcock said. The other three are the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Treasury and Agriculture departments.

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