DEA picks vendor for Firebird intranet work

The Drug Enforcement Administration has selected PEC Solutions Inc. to spearhead improvements to its Firebird intranet.

The DEA awarded two contracts, valued at $75 million, for engineering and operational support services, the com.pany said.

Firebird is the DEA's office automation network. The intranet provides users with a standard suite of office tools and gives them use of mainframe applications such as administrative, intelligence and case management systems. It enables users to automate the investigative reporting process, share case information and perform analysis and administrative activities.

Under the first contract, PEC will work with the DEA on standardization and stabilization engineering and integration support services. The company said that those services will help resolve integration issues as Firebird migrates to a more open and standardized environment.

The second contract covers operational support for DEA networking.

These are the latest contracts for PEC, which has been working on the project for several years.

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Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the DorobekInsider.com, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine, FCW.com, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at PlanetGov.com, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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