State re-signs Harris for visa work

The five million Americans who request visas to work abroad each year are likely unaware that a Florida systems integrator plays a significant role in helping to process their applications.

The State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs has awarded Harris Corp. of Melbourne, Fla., a one-year, $42 million contract renewal to continue offering technical support services to more than 230 embassies and consulates around the world.

The contract calls for Harris to handle system configuration and upgrades, help desk services, and Web development and training. More than 250 employees from Harris Technical Services Corp. will perform the work.

To help get the job done, Harris uses a central processing facility from which it configures and prepares computer equipment for use overseas. Through its work, Harris also helps protect U.S. borders by using biometric technology in the visa application process.

Ethan Butterfield is a staff writer for Government Computer News' affiliate publication, Washington Technology.

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