Agriculture plowing through security C&A

The Agriculture Department has awarded two contracts to Telos Corp. to perform security certification and accreditation for the Forest Service Division and the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Telos' Xacta Corp. of Ashburn, Va., will provide the secure enterprise software and services, including its IA Manager, which lets agencies automatically locate weaknesses in their IT assets, continuously assess security risks and provide C&A processes and documentation needed to satisfy requirements, including the Federal Information Security Management Act. Xacta will also assist the agencies in creating plans of action and milestone reports to accelerate and manage IT security performance measures, the company said.

Agriculture last year signed 11 blanket purchase agreements with companies for a combined potential value of up to $60 million over five years to ensure the department's systems are certified and accredited in compliance with National Institute of Standards and Technology standards. See GCN story. Agriculture has now awarded Telos six task orders for C&A work. More than 85 percent of the department's IT systems have been certified and accredited as of Sept. 30, Agriculture CIO Scott Charbo has said.

Xacta will perform C&A services on the Forest Service general support systems and 10 major applications, including the Automated Timber Sale Accounting System, the Fire Application General Support System and the Fire Program Analysis System. For the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Xacta will provide services on the division's estimation system, publication system, telecommunications system, national survey mainframe system, market sensitive survey system and its LAN.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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