DHS awards $30M consulting deal

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Homeland Security Department officials awarded a $30 million contract to a management consulting and information technology firm based in Silver Spring, Md., to help improve information sharing between the department and other federal agencies.

Under the one-year blanket purchase agreement, the first task order relates to documenting how the department has made terrorist information available so far by examining its work processes and data flows. That work will help with later development of automated interfaces between DHS systems and the Terrorist Screening Center's database.

Thomas & Herbert Consulting LLC will perform the work with support from BearingPoint Inc. and SRA International Inc. and in conjunction with DHS' chief information officer. The contract has options for four one-year renewals.

Work may also include the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, a year-old multiagency initiative that collects and analyzes information from nearly two dozen systems across the federal government.

"This project is a critical component to streamlining the information- sharing process between agencies involved in homeland security, and ultimately, providing the tools to help make the country more secure," Rodney Thomas, Thomas & Herbert's chief executive officer, said in a press release.

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