DHS Starlight award goes to CSC
- By Joab Jackson, Wilson P. Dizard III
- Oct 23, 2003
The Homeland Security Department has awarded an $88 million task order to support border operations to Computer Sciences Corp., the company announced yesterday.
The company also won the first task order under the Starlight contract in April, in a transaction worth $36.1 million. Accenture LLP of Chicago, Northrop Grumman Corp., SRA International Inc. of Fairfax, Va., and Sytel Inc. of Bethesda, Md., also are eligible to bid for contracts under the $1.2 billion program, according to Starlight program manager Dana Schmitt.
'We are recompeting the IT contracts for systems support for legacy IT systems,' Schmitt said. The Starlight program is replacing the Service Technology Alliance Resource, or STARs, contracts issued by the Immigration and Naturalization Service before it became part of DHS, she said.
Under the latest Starlight task order, CSC will support 50 to 60 legacy IT systems, Schmitt said. She added that Starlight 'is totally separate' from the department's U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indication Technology system program, a border security and enforcement tool that will capture point of entry and exit information on visitors.
CSC will support inspection systems over the seven-year task order. It was awarded under DHS' Starlight contract, a multiyear contract for IT services worth up to $1.2 billion. The contract is part of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which comprises parts of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and Customs Service.
CSC will maintain and enhance software and hardware-embedded systems that process travelers crossing U.S. borders. The company will provide system maintenance and operations support.
CSC has supported the immigration agencies with software engineering services since 1998, according to the company.
DHS issued the contract as a task order under the National Institute of Health's CIO-Solutions and Partners contract vehicle, CSC said. The contract has one base year and seven option periods, and will exceed $88 million if DHS exercises all options, the company said.
(Updated 4:30 p.m.)
Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.