State climbs into seat management
- By Bryant Jordan
- Oct 19, 2000
In a first for the State Department, the agency's Office of Foreign Buildings
Operations is placing the management of its PC networks, hardware and software
assets and more into the hands of a private computer services company.
The seat management contract between FBO and Wang Government Services
Inc. also makes Wang responsible for deskside support and maintenance, e-commerce
services and training, according to the company.
FBO is responsible for providing safe and secure facilities for State
Department operations overseas. It owns or leases more than 12,000 properties.
The contract, awarded under the General Services Administration's Seat
Management contract, has a one-year base period and nine one-year options.
It will begin with about 1,100 FBO employees in the Washington, D.C., area.
Steve Berg, director of GSA's Federal Computer Acquisition Center, called
FBO "the seat management trailblazer" for State.
"This giant step represents FBO's clear focus on managing its information
technology resources efficiently while keeping pace with the rapid changes
in technology," Berg said.
Wang has similar contracts with the Treasury Department and the Defense