Census drumming up vendors for 2010 count

The Census Bureau is looking for prime systems integrators to develop, implement, and manage and support applications and telecommunications systems for the 2010 Decennial Census.

The Field Data Collection Automation effort involves deployment of more than 400 temporary offices throughout the 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to conduct data collection operations. At its peak, the bureau will have more than 500,000 census workers. The Census Bureau posted a notice of intent on FedBizOpps last week.

Census anticipates releasing a draft request for proposals by mid-April. The agency will evaluate integrators' performance and experience and will publish on its Web site at www.census.gov the names of integrators invited to proceed to the next step, the formal RFP, which is to be posted in June. The contract award is scheduled for April 2006.

Census will conduct an industry information day Feb. 28.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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