Major programs within TSA

Information Technology Managed Services. TSA awarded a $1 billion contract to Unisys Corp. in August 2002 to build the agency's technology infrastructure from the ground up.

Under the contract, Unisys will provide TSA with IT and communications hardware and software such as servers, security equipment, wireless devices, land mobile radios, voice and data telecommunications. The company and its subcontractors also will provide services such as application development and maintenance, help desks, business process re-engineering, program management, and data center, WAN and LAN services. The program's scope is intended to accommodate advances in technology that will allow it to continue to improve TSA's mission performance.

Transportation Worker Identification Credential program. TSA in April awarded a 150-day, $3.8 million contract to Maximus Inc. of Reston, Va., to develop smart cards that will serve as identification cards for port, airport, railway and other transportation employees.

Some of the technologies that TSA is considering include cards that have a magnetic strip, a two-dimensional bar code, a linear bar code, an optical memory chip or an integrated circuit chip. The agency will run a pilot this fall in two areas: Philadelphia-Wilmington, Del., and Los Angeles'Long Beach, Calif.

Data Parsing Equipment. IBM Corp. has supplied TSA with equipment to extract, transfer and load reservation data from all computer reservation systems and global distribution systems for domestic air travel for all U.S. airlines. The company is required to develop the capacity to handle 3.5 million individual files daily.

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