Pentagon IT outsourcing set for award

The Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency is expected to award its $600 million IT products and services contract by close of business today.

The 10-year, fixed-price and incentive-based outsourcing deal will serve 15,000 users at Air Force headquarters, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the National Military Command Center and several other agencies.

The contractor will provide classified and unclassified IT services to users in the Washington area. Some of the services include e-mail maintenance, databases, Web services and configuration management of the communications agency's common operating environment.

The contract also turns over network management, security and desktop services. It covers offices at the Pentagon as well as remote users in Arlington, Va., and Vienna, Va., and at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and Bolling Air Force Base, Washington.

Bidders reportedly included Alion Science and Technology of McLean, Va., Anteon Corp. of Fairfax, Va., Computer Sciences Corp., EDS Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., Northrop Grumman Corp. and Unisys Corp.

The Air Force agency is responsible for voice services, videoconferencing, cable installation, commercial software integration, engineering, program management, and lifecycle support and help desk services.

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