Customs chooses IBM for $1.3 billion ACE contract

Customs chooses IBM for $1.3 billion ACE contract

By Preeti Vasishtha

GCN Staff

APRIL 27—The Customs Service has awarded its $1.3 billion, 15-year prime modernization contract to IBM Global Services.

The contract is the latest step in Customs' efforts to replace the 17-year-old Automated Commercial System with the Automated Commercial Environment.

ACS depends heavily on paper and manual input and has had several costly shutdowns from data overload. The service counts on the ACE project to manage the nation's imports and exports more efficiently.

'The prime integration contractor will help us design, build and implement new information systems,' said S. W. 'Woody' Hall, assistant commissioner for the Office of Information and chief information officer.

Subcontractors in the e-Customs Partnership headed by IBM are Booz, Allen & Hamilton Inc. of McLean, Va.; Computer Sciences Corp.; ITS Services Inc. of Springfield, Va.; KPMG Consulting Inc. of McLean, Va.; Lockheed Martin Mission Systems of Gaithersburg, Md.; and Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services Inc. of Atlanta. More than 40 small businesses also are subcontractors.

Unsuccessful bidders included Accenture, formerly Andersen Consulting of Chicago, Electronic Data Systems Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp.

Lockheed Martin Mission Systems will develop and integrate new systems and software. KPMG Consulting will provide knowledge management and training expertise, and CSC will assist in information security and telecommunications.

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