Coast Guard assessing enterprise ops

As it prepares to join the new Homeland Security Department, the Coast Guard is looking to get its information technology infrastructure in order.

The agency plans to issue a sole source contract to Mitre Corp. to develop a program management plan for its enterprise architecture, according to a recent notice. Mitre already has completed preliminary work on the project.

The Coast Guard's Deepwater program and its imminent transition from the Transportation Department to the Homeland Security Department "compel the agency to document thoroughly its 'as is' IT architecture, and then to plan appropriately what is 'to be,'" agency officials wrote in a Dec. 6 presolicitation notice posted on the FedBizOpps portal.

In July, the Coast Guard awarded its Integrated Deepwater System contract — a landmark deal worth up to $17 billion — to a joint venture established by Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp.

The largest procurement in Transportation's history, Deepwater will replace an aging fleet of cutters, aircraft, sensors and the supporting command, control, communications and surveillance systems.

In another presolicitation notice, the Coast Guard announced its intention to create a multiple award contract for the full range of IT services for the agency, with potential for use by other organizations going into the homeland security mix.

The Coast Guard will offer opportunities for full and open competition, as well as set-asides for small business, through four functional areas: Information Management Analysis and Planning; Information Systems Engineering; Design, Information Systems Operations and Management; and Information Systems Security.

In July, the agency outsourced its human resources management system operations to Corio Inc.

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