DHS human resources system contract awarded

The Homeland Security Department's human resources management system, known as MAXHR, will be designed by Northrop Grumman Corp.

The company's information technology unit in Herndon, Va., will perform the work under a blanket purchase agreement worth up to $175 million over three years, the company announced this week.

The initial task order is worth about $2 million, according to the department.

"This acquisition will support the Department in designing and implementing a 21st century system that will help employees fulfill our mission of protecting the homeland," said Janet Hale, DHS under secretary for management.

Northrop Grumman IT will provide program management and integration services, as well as expertise in pay, performance, job classification, labor relations, and adverse actions and appeals.

The company will also provide support in communications, training and organizational change management, and assist in the implementation of an enterprisewide information technology system, according to the department.

The BPA was awarded after a competition among vendors on the General Services Administration's Federal Supply Schedule.

Department officials said the factors considered in the selection of Northrop Grumman IT were experience and past performance in implementing new human resources regulations and enterprise human resources solutions on a large-scale, technical approach, management and staffing plan, and price.

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