Immigration bureau to buy IT services

FedBizOpps notice of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Information Technology Support Services

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau is planning to issue a request for proposals next year for an information technology services contract that could be worth up to $500 million over five years.

The competitively bid contract would include help desk operations, network management and operations, security management operations, hardware maintenance, asset management, infrastructure deployment, local area network administration and desktop support, and IT cabling, according to a Dec. 17, FedBizOpps notice.

Northrop Grumman apparently holds the current contract, according to the notice. It said potential bidders will be required to perform similar IT support services and demonstrate they have successfully done work of similar size, scope and complexity.

The contract could be used also by other Homeland Security Department agencies including the secretary's office, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Customs and Border Protection, and the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program.

ICE officials estimate the contract value could be between $225 million and $500 million, depending on the level of participation of other DHS agencies. It will be a one-year contract with four one-year options.

Interested parties should submit a capability document of no more than three pages by March 4, 2005.

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