San Diego County, Calif. chief administrative officer recommends Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC)

Walt Eckard, San Diego County, Calif. chief administrative officer, announced last week that he will recommend that the Board of Supervisors select Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) as the main contractor for the county's information technology outsourcing contract.

El Segundo, Calif.-based CSC, which heads the team know as the Pennant Alliance, won Eckard's recommendation over teams led by IBM Corp. and Electronic Data Systems Corp. to take over the county's IT services under a seven-year, multimillion-dollar contract.

"CSC and their partners -- SAIC [Science Applications International Corp.], Lucent Technologies and Pacific Bell -- offer the technological tools we need to create the first-class government our public deserves...one that offers services and information at the customer's convenience," Eckard said in a statement. The Board of Supervisors will consider the endorsement and the proposed CSC contract on Oct. 26.

"Today, the tools exist to communicate faster and manage information better than ever before," Eckard said. "But county government, acting alone, simply cannot acquire the state-of-the-art equipment and training that a private firm specializing in information systems can provide."

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