TSA awards Unisys $1 billion infrastructure contract

TSA awards Unisys $1 billion infrastructure contract

The Transportation Security Administration on Friday awarded a $1 billion contract to Unisys Corp. to build and run a systems architecture for the agency.

Under the Information Technology Managed Services program, TSA is following in the procurement path forged by the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet program. A single vendor team'led by Unisys'will provide all of TSA's end-user computer, network, data center and help desk services.

To assist it at TSA, Unisys has tapped DynCorp Systems and Solutions LLC of Reston, Va., and IBM Corp. The requirements contract has a three-year base period and two two-year options.

There is also an issue of funding given a recent order by the Office of Management and Budget that all agencies slated to become part of the proposed Homeland Security Department halt work on IT infrastructure projects worth $500,000 or more [see story at www.gcn.com/12_21/news/19472-1.html].

TSA, created in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to oversee security of the nation's transportation systems, said it is working with the new Homeland Security IT Investment Review Group on the availability of funds and how the agency can proceed with the project.

The group, a team of federal CIOs, is reviewing infrastructure projects of the planned HSD agencies with the aim of consolidating duplicate systems efforts. OMB officials have said the administration will consider giving individual projects the OK to proceed on a case-by-case basis as the working group sets consolidation plans.

'Technology is a vital part of our mission to ensure the security of our nation's airports,' said retired Adm. James M. Loy, acting undersecretary of Transportation for security. 'Ensuring that our people have the best technology available to meet our mission is one of my highest priorities.'

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