Apptis to build new State Department security system

System will facilitate better personnel screening

Apptis Inc. will provide software and solutions engineering services to the State Department under a two-year contract worth $8 million.

Under the department’s Security Information Management System (SIMS) contract, an Alliant vehicle, Apptis will develop a comprehensive Web-based system to support the personnel security clearance process, according to an Apptis statement today.

The SIMS contract will cover the entire spectrum of clearance processing from initial entry through adjudication, replacing the more manual-oriented clearance and background investigation systems, the statement said.

The new system will provide vital support to more than 800 field investigators in the United States and at 270 diplomatic posts abroad.

SIMS, a high-priority initiative for the department, is the primary software application that will automate the personnel security clearance process from end-to-end for State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Security Infrastructure, Office of Personnel Security and Suitability.

Apptis Inc., of Chantilly, Va., ranks No. 35 on Washington Technology’s 2010 Top 100 list of the largest federal government contractors.

About the Author

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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