Navy taps CACI, SAIC for automatic ID program support work

The Navy has awarded a pair of contracts totaling $211 million to CACI International Inc. and Science Applications International Corp. to provide program management engineering and technical services for the service's Automatic Identification Technology Program Office, according to the companies.

CACI of Arlington, Va., won an award worth $107 million over five years to continue supporting the program office. SAIC of San Diego won an award totaling $104.9 million over five years to provide similar services.

The award increases the size and scope of CACI's work with the program office, which began under a separate contract in 1996, the company said late last month. CACI will provide program management, engineering and technical services.

SAIC will provide personnel, management, administrative and technical services and incidental material required to meet the program office's requirements, the company said this week.

The Automatic Identification Program employs technologies that facilitate the capture, organization and transmission of machine-readable data to automated information systems. The technologies involved include bar codes, radio frequency identification and smart cards.

The program allows the Defense Department to better track and control items while reducing logistics and administrative costs and speeding data collection and transmission. The Navy's Program Office develops policies and standards that establish and maintain an Automatic Identification Program infrastructure within the Navy.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Government Computer News' sister publication Washington Technology.

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