EPA preps $650 million environmental IT contract

EPA preps $650 million environmental IT contract

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to release a request for proposals May 8 for a successor to its Mission Oriented Systems Engineering Support II contract. The new contract, called ITS-ESE for Information Technology Solutions-Environmental Systems Engineering, will run for up to nine years with a $650 million ceiling, said Mark Luttner, director of EPA's Office of Information Collection.

'In EPA history, this is a large acquisition,' Luttner said at a daylong conference sponsored by market researcher Input of Reston, Va. The agency's total IT budget for fiscal 2003 is $450 million, he said.

The systems to be developed for ITS-ESE will support management tasks, workload reporting, systems maintenance and operation, application security, IT architecture, data management, statistical services, geographic information systems, high-performance computing and visualization, computational science and training.

It will be a significant step up from the five-year MOSES II, which was valued at $263 million when awarded in 1998 to Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego. SAIC also was the incumbent on the original $242 million MOSES contract, awarded in 1991.

EPA already trades data with about 40 states over the Environmental Information Exchange Network, and the ITS-ESE vehicle will be 'accessible to our state partners,' Luttner said.

In April, EPA also signed a memorandum of understanding with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to share data through the network. EPA will send environmental information, and CDC will reciprocate with health information to track how pollution is affecting communities.

Jason Miller of Post Newsweek Tech Media contributed to this story.

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