Contracting

Three vendors win SSA's $7.8 billion IT services contract

Social Security Administration Logo 

The Social Security Administration has chosen CGI Federal, Leidos and Northrop Grumman for a potential 10-year, $7.8 billion contract to perform IT services.

SSA disclosed the Information Technology Support Services contract awards in a trio of Aug. 21 FedBizOpps notices. The award for Leidos went to the legacy Lockheed Martin IS&GS business headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md.

The contract includes two base years with eight one-year options. CGI is eligible for up to $2.4 billion in task orders, Lockheed can bid for up to $2.3 billion in work and Northrop has access to up to $3.1 billion.

Incumbents Lockheed and Northrop will continue the work, while other incumbents Accenture and CSRA were not chosen for the new iteration. The predecessor contract expires on Sept. 28, according to Deltek.

The aging baby boomer generation is going to put an additional strain on SSA compute resources, according to the initial statement of work from September 2015. The agency pointed to the challenge of pivoting to new technology while maintaining required service levels.

"The challenge is how to select, apply, and control evolving hardware and software components at a reasonable price while meeting the changing information systems requirements of the agency and the citizens it serves," the documents states. According to contracting documents, the original plan was for an award to be made in January, with the contract extending through September 2026.

Awardees will vie for task orders to help SSA deploy new hardware and software in support of employees' work in customer service. Contractors will focus their efforts on systems development lifecycles as the agency seeks to increase use of automation in IT systems as they expand. The work also includes database and data management, web interfaces and systems security support.

Lockheed has been the biggest winner on the predecessor contract with $600 million in obligations since its 2010 award; Northrop is next with $535 million. CSRA has received $265 million and Accenture has been obligated $143 million, Deltek reports.

Adam Mazmanian contributed to this story, a version of which originally appeared in Washington Technology.

About the Author

Ross Wilkers is a senior staff writer for Washington Technology. He can be reached at rwilkers@washingtontechnology.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswilkers. Also find and connect with him on LinkedIn.

Featured

  • Cybersecurity

    DHS floats 'collective defense' model for cybersecurity

    Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen wants her department to have a more direct role in defending the private sector and critical infrastructure entities from cyberthreats.

  • Defense
    Defense Secretary James Mattis testifies at an April 12 hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

    Mattis: Cloud deal not tailored for Amazon

    On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sought to quell "rumors" that the Pentagon's planned single-award cloud acquisition was designed with Amazon Web Services in mind.

  • Census
    shutterstock image

    2020 Census to include citizenship question

    The Department of Commerce is breaking with recent practice and restoring a question about respondent citizenship last used in 1950, despite being urged not to by former Census directors and outside experts.

Stay Connected

FCW Update

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.