Census to modernize data distribution systems

The Census Bureau seeks a provider to tabulate and disseminate via the Internet population estimates and economic statistics that the bureau collects and prepares.

Census plans to broaden and extend its existing Data Access and Dissemination System program in preparation for the 2010 Decennial Census. Currently, Census collects, prepares, tabulates and distributes data through a suite of inter-related systems.

The contract, which could be worth up to $90 million, will have a nine-month base period and eight one-year options. Census plans to award the contract in August.

The contractor will replace the legacy systems to form an integrated environment.

'The government recognizes that DADS systems are approaching obsolescence,' Census said in its solicitation.

DADS is made up of the American FactFinder system for dissemination of data, the Data Product Production System for Census 2000 product tabulations and the American FactFinder Advanced Query system for Census 2000. IBM Corp. is the incumbent, having provided DADS since 1997.

Proposals are due Feb. 9.

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Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.

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