New contracts inject buzz into DHS infrastructure

Scott Charbo, Homeland Security Department chief information officer

The Homeland Security Department is shaking up its IT infrastructure with a sweeping new program.

Known as the Infrastructure Transformation Program, it wields the acquisition muscle of DHS' two new omnibus procurements: the Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge (Eagle) solutions and FirstSource.

DHS is consolidating and centralizing control of its data centers, e-mail systems and help-desk services, and sensitive but unclassified video communication networks under three directorates.

Scott Charbo, department chief information officer, described the infrastructure program to hundreds of vendors gathered at the Ronald Reagan Center in downtown Washington Aug. 9.

DHS will use Eagle for agencywide IT support services and FirstSource for acquiring IT commodities. The department re-leased a draft request for proposals for Eagle and First-Source earlier this month and plans to issue the final RFP in September.

Charbo cited five goals for the infrastructure makeover program:

  • Improve performance in terms of IT projects

  • Energize information sharing

  • Focus on information assurance and security

  • Focus on projects on the ground rather than on planning projects

  • Move forward with shared services and infrastructure.


Charbo said that he and Rear Adm. Ron Hewitt, deputy CIO, had been briefing Office of Management and Budget and legislative leaders over the past six weeks about the infrastructure reform program. Hewitt, the Coast Guard CIO on detail as DHS deputy CIO, is returning to the Coast Guard, Charbo said.

The Infrastructure Transformation Program calls for the department to consolidate its sensitive but unclassified networks, Charbo said. It also will complete construction of a common e-mail system for the department and consolidate DHS' several data centers at two sites.

Right now, about six e-mail systems support the common e-mail address www.dhs. gov. Officials would not confirm the precise number of data centers the department uses.

The infrastructure program follows successive projects aimed at bringing order to the department's IT infrastructure. This planning has been reflected in the enterprise architecture development process over the past two years.

DHS is building a major data center to consolidate some of its data functions and to move away from its reliance on Justice Department data center services, according to DHS and Justice officials.

Chief Procurement Officer Greg Rothwell said the Eagle and FirstSource procurements will operate via a new Enterprise Solutions Office in the Information Technology Acquisition Center at the headquarters procurement shop.

Rothwell said the department plans to move ahead quickly on its pending procurement plans. "We are assuming these two [procurement] programs will be done in nine months on the outside," Rothwell said.

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
close
SEARCH
contracts DB

Trending

  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More

Webcasts

  • How Do You Support the Project Lifecycle?

    How do best-in-class project-based companies create and actively mature successful organizations? They find the right mix of people, processes and tools that enable them to effectively manage the project lifecycle. REGISTER for this webinar to hear how properly managing the cycle of capture, bid, accounting, execution, IPM and analysis will allow you to better manage your programs to stay on scope, schedule and budget. Learn More!

  • Sequestration, LPTA and the Top 100

    Join Washington Technology’s Editor-in-Chief Nick Wakeman as he analyzes the annual Top 100 list and reveals critical insights into how market trends have impacted its composition. You'll learn what movements of individual companies means and how the market overall is being impacted by the current budget environment, how the Top 100 rankings reflect the major trends in the market today and how the biggest companies in the market are adapting to today’s competitive environment. Learn More!