GSA awards $36 million contract for online procurement system

GSA awards $36 million contract for online procurement system

The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service yesterday awarded Unisys a seven-year $36 million contract to develop, install and maintain a commercial procurement system from SAP America Inc. of Newton Square, Pa.

GSA's 3rd Generation System will replace a five-year-old Lotus Notes system the agency built in-house.

'With the growth in our business environment, the Lotus Notes system was beyond its life capability,' said Bob Suda, assistant commissioner for IT Solutions at FTS. 'It also was built to only serve the regional offices and not the headquarters or National Program Office. It couldn't handle the size or amount of the transactions as well as the complexity of the transactions.'

Suda said the system will capture all procurement information through a Web portal and improve the quality of the information available to FTS employees, industry and agency customers.

The system, which is identical to the one being used by the Navy's Space and Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, also will eliminate the manual reconciliation process GSA must do because the regional ITSS system does not share data with other systems. Suda said there may be some minor modifications to the software, but most of what GSA does will fit into the new program.

'With all the information in one place, it will make it easier for everyone,' Suda said. 'We will be able to do legal reviews and management oversight more efficiently, and project and program managers will have access to information more quickly.'

PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting Inc. of Arlington, Va., and TechFlow Inc. of San Diego joined SAP as part of Unisys' contract team.

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