Justice awards Mega deal

MEGA2 Automated Litigation Support

The Justice Department will pay up to $950 million over the next five years for technical services its lawyers need when they prosecute complicated cases.

The department has hired four companies to provide services as varied as financial analysis, digital imaging and database indexing. "It could be just about anything. It could happen any time, at any place," said Merv Forney, president of the business process management division of ACS Government Services, one of the companies hired Nov. 1.

In all, the Justice Department has 150 contract line items to choose from under the contract, called Mega2 Automated Litigation Support. Not all of the products and services offered involve information technology.

"Most people don't realize that there are private companies doing a lot of the work" that goes into government prosecutions, Forney said. The companies provide "professional litigation support products and services" that assist Justice from investigation through trial and appeals.

In a notice describing the Mega2 contract, Justice officials stated that the services would enable the department to "manage much larger volumes of case materials and much more complex information much more quickly and to much greater effect than would otherwise be possible."

MEGA2 replaces Mega1, which went into effect in November 1996. Like the earlier contract, the new one provides services to support six Justice divisions.

In addition to ACS Government Services, the contract award went to Labat-Anderson Inc., Aspen Systems Corp. and CACI Inc.-Commercial.

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