Immigration agency to outsource disaster recovery plans

Contract to be worth up to $25 million a year

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is preparing to outsource the disaster recovery planning and preparations for the agency’s Office of the Chief Information Officer.

ICE’s CIO has allocated up to $25 million a year for the contract, according to a draft statement of work published Sept. 12 on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

The goal is to hire a contractor who can develop, build, and maintain plans and materials for a comprehensive Disaster Recovery Organization that minimizes disruptions in the event of a disaster.

The contractor will provide solutions and personnel to cover disaster recovery program planning and management, IT disaster recovery, disaster recovery security, incident planning and management, continuity of operations, pandemic flu planning, and implementation and disaster recovery operational services, among other services, the statement of work said.

A request for proposals is expected to be published in November and an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity single award contract with multiple task orders will be made on or by Dec. 28, 2009. The performance period is three base years with seven one-year options.

ICE's efforts are part of a governmentwide drive to improve disaster planning, disaster recovery and continuity of operations.

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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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