TSA makes two-part award for managed services

TSA makes two-part award for managed services

The Transportation Security Administration yesterday awarded to Unisys Corp. the first two task orders under its $1 billion Information Technology Managed Services program.

Patrick R. Schambach, associate undersecretary and CIO at TSA, said that under the first task order, the company will begin providing the agency's end-user computer, network, data center and help desk services.

Under the second task order, Unisys, which won the contract earlier this month to build and run a systems architecture for the agency, will work with DynCorp Systems, IBM Corp. and Solutions LLC of Reston, Va., to roll out the systems and services.

The team also is working with 28 smaller companies to provide TSA with the services.

Schambach said TSA, created in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to oversee security of the nation's transportation systems, got the green light from the Homeland Security IT Investment Review Group yesterday.

The group is reviewing the availability of funds after the Office of Management and Budget ordered that all agencies slated to become part of the proposed Homeland Security Department halt work on IT infrastructure projects worth $500,000 or more.

Schambach said the group has agreed to let the agency use money left from the $2.4 billion budget it has for fiscal 2002, an amount which is still being determined.

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