GSA picks 10 vendors in $25B pact

The General Services Administration last month selected 10 vendors to serve as the Federal Technology Service's primary source of information technology services for government customers nationwide, potentially worth $25 billion over 10 years.

The winning vendors are Anteon Corp., Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc., Computer Sciences Corp., DynCorp, EER Systems Inc., Information Systems Support Inc., ITS Corp., Litton/PRC Inc., Logicon Inc. and Science Applications International Corp.

GSA awarded the contracts as part of a plan developed last year to consolidate FTS resources for IT services into a central office rather than keeping them spread across 11 regional offices. Under the plan, GSA's Region 9 office, based in San Francisco, will serve as the Solutions Development Center for IT services.

The Federal Information System Support Program (FISSP) Generation VII Applications 'N' Support for Widely Diverse End-user Requirements (Answer) project will cover such services as systems analysis and design, software maintenance, facilities management support services and network support services.

"It will be one of the main vehicles we will use to provide solutions out of our IT solutions office," said Charles Self, assistant commissioner of FTS' Office of Information Technology Integration.

"GSA is trying to put a little more structure on what's going on in their regions and stop the shooting at each other," said Bob Woods, president of consulting company Federal Sources Inc.

Just as FTS is reorganizing the way it handles the Answer contract, so must the contractors who had previously dealt with regional offices, Woods said.

SAIC, for example, will not try to handle all orders out of its West Coast office. "The bid we submitted was an SAIC corporate bid...to bring the whole resources of SAIC to bear," said Brian Bebb, senior vice president at the company.

Other companies, such as Anteon, will focus initially on Region 9 and the National Capital Region and then expand, a spokesman for the company said.

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