Justice awards CSC $42 million litigation case management contract

The Justice Department has awarded Computer Sciences Corp. a contract worth $42 million to build the department’s new Litigation Case Management System (LCMS), which will give the various litigating divisions greater data sharing capabilities.

The system will include a centralized application and database with unique interfaces for various divisions of the agency. The interfaces will allow employees in the Antitrust, Civil Rights, Criminal, Environmental and Natural Resources and Tax divisions, as well as the 94 U.S. Attorney offices, to access data unique to the respective agencies.

At the same time, LCMS will be a single repository where Justice executives can access all litigation case management information and reporting. It will also improve the quality of data used for reporting to Congress, the Office of Management and Budget and other agencies, according to a department announcement.

Justice said the award utilized the National Institutes of Health, Chief Information Officers Solutions and Partners 2 contract, a governmentwide procurement vehicle that provides federal agencies with a streamlined method to acquire information technology services and solutions.

Justice plans to phase in the LCMS program by 2010. The first phase will assess the needs of attorney supervisors and Justice executives to manage caseloads and performances. This phase, to be completed during fiscal 2007 and 2008, will create a common access solution for the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and includes data exchanges with external systems such as Sentinel, the Victim Notification System and the Consolidated Debt Collection System,

The remaining six litigating divisions will complete LCMS between fiscal 2008 and 2010.

Justice said the LCMS program is an important investment under the OMB Case Management Line of Business program. In support of the line of business program objectives, the LCMS program developed a target architecture and infrastructure for sharing case-related information within and among Justice components and partner agencies. The goal is to capture information once and make it available to all authorized users, according to the statement.

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David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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