DHS delays $5b systems procurement

The Homeland Security Department has put the $5 billion, five-year Security Planning and Integrated Resources for Information Technology procurement on hold.

The procurement would cover almost every IT service needed by DHS, from CIO support to hardware maintenance.

The department had planned to request proposals for the Spirit project on May 18, according to Input Inc., a Reston, Va., market research firm. On May 7, the Coast Guard contracting office handling Spirit issued a notice that 'the Spirit acquisition has been temporarily suspended to permit reassessment of the acquisition.'

In mid-February, DHS issued a notice that the procurement would be pared back to $5 billion and five years from its planned level of $10 billion and 10 years. DHS officials were not immediately available to discuss the reasons for the delay. The department has not offered an estimate of how long Spirit will be delayed.

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