Acquisition

CBP taps CACI for $1.8B modernization contract

CBP Beagle Frodo inspects bagsess of returning passengers at Chicago's O'Hare Airport (CBP photo)

A CBP Beagle named Frodo inspects bags of arriving passengers at Chicago's O'Hare Airport. The CBP BEAGLE contract is something else.

Customs and Border Protection has inked a $1.8 billion contract to modernize many of its back-office systems.

Systems integrator CACI was awarded the CBP's Border Enforcement Applications for Government Leading Edge IT, or BEAGLE, from among six bidders on Nov. 5.

BEAGLE has a ceiling of $1.88 billion and will run through 2027, according to contracting documents posted to the Federal Procurement Data System. A LinkedIn page for an executive from General Services Administration's Federal Systems Integration and Management (FedSIM) center describes the project as "enterprise-scale agile systems development and modernization."

A job posting from CACI states that CBP plans to use BEAGLE "to obtain greater integration, automation, innovation, cost savings, and efficiencies within its portfolio of applications using Agile-based methodologies, integrated testing and transformative processes to support current and future requirements."

The BEAGLE acquisition was managed through the FedSIM-assisted acquisition service. FedSIM tapped the GSA's Alliant 2 governmentwide acquisition contract as part of the procurement.

BEAGLE appears to be a successor to CBP's 2013 Border Enforcement Management Systems (BEMS) indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with Unisys, for development, maintenance and functional enhancement of over than 100 software applications in the BEMS portfolio.

BEMS provided experts, senior-level IT specialists and subject matter experts to support CBP's Office of Information Technology's Border Enforcement and Management Systems Division (BEMSD).

That five-year-long contract had a $460 million ceiling and covered design, development, testing, implementation, training and maintenance of back office CBP IT systems including operational offices, administrative office systems including its public website, core personnel and financial management systems, as well as applications that track and record border activity and seized property.

FCW has reached out to CBP and CACI and will update this story with any comment.

About the Authors

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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.

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