TSA adds CSC to tech team

Computer Sciences Corp. has won a $50 million subcontract to assist Unisys Corp. with building the Transportation Security Administration's information technology infrastructure.

TSA awarded Unisys the first two work orders for its Information Technology Managed Services (ITMS) program last month. Under that job, CSC's new enforcement, security and intelligence business unit will provide enterprise integration and other IT services.

The first order covers the creation of enterprise operations and security operations centers. The second order covers IT equipment, such as asset management and wireless, local-area, wide-area and virtual private networks, for TSA headquarters, 429 airports nationwide and field offices.

For fiscal 2002, the first order is worth $15.1 million and the second is worth $8.2 million, according to Megan Russell, ITMS contracting officer. The funding for fiscal 2003 is estimated at $67.5 million and $154 million for each order, respectively.

ITMS emphasizes managed services, a relatively new procurement strategy in which an agency pays a company for technology solutions that help fulfill defined goals as set out by its mission -- in this case, securing the nation's transportation systems.

"CSC is well-positioned to support this and other major homeland security initiatives," said Tim Sheahan, president of CSC's Enforcement, Security and Intelligence Division, in a news release today.

Unisys previously selected DynCorp and IBM Corp. as its primary partners.

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