FBI switches contractors for Trilogy control center

The FBI has chosen DigitalNet Inc. to run an enterprise operations center for the bureau's Trilogy network.

Announced today, the $7.6 million contract was awarded in mid-March. It has a seven-month base period and two one-year options.

The Trilogy network links about 22,000 desktop systems at FBI offices worldwide via an Ethernet network deployed at about 700 sites. The center will take over and maintain an enterprise management system that the bureau uses to configure, monitor and administer the network.

Trilogy has faced constant scrutiny and criticism because of schedule and cost overruns (Click for March 23 GCN story).

The FBI awarded the contract to the Herndon, Va., company under the Defense Information Systems Agency's Information Assurance Information Technologies Capabilities program, following a competition in which DigitalNet ousted the incumbent contractor. DigitalNet declined to identify the previous contractor, and the FBI did not respond to a request for comment.

'We are providing staff to work in the center along with the FBI staff,' said Gina Abate, DigitalNet senior vice president. The enterprise operations center runs around the clock.

DigitalNet has other contracts with the Justice Department amounting to more than $50 million, Abate said.

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