DHS issues $65 million pact for software testing

The Homeland Security Department's Customs and Border Protection agency has awarded a blanket purchasing agreement for software testing services worth up to $65 million over a potential contract length of five years to Pragmatics Inc. of McLean Va., the company has announced.

The contract covers testing of the Automated Commercial System, the precursor to CBP's Automated Commercial Environment that the agency is building to upgrade customs processing.

Pragmatics snared the contract in a competition with other small businesses, the company said. It is the largest order the 20-year-old company has won so far.

Kim Nguyen, Pragamatics' vice president for special programs, said, 'We are actually testing a large majority of CBP's systems. As part of this contract, Pragmatics has a team that is testing software used in the [U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology] program,' Nguyen added.

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