Doing Business With Army Corps of Engineers

Info about Army Corps of Engineers<@VM>The CIO file: Wilbur Berrios

Top contracts

Electronic Security Systems

Value: $100 million over five years

Awarded: August 2001

Winners: Adesta Communications Inc., Johnson Controls Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp., Vindicator Technologies Inc. and Williams Electric Co.

Purpose: Provide services such as development of engineering plans, provide hardware and software, testing, equipment compatibility testing, and training.

Ordnance and Explosives Response and Services

Value: $360 million over five years

Winners: Zapata Engineering PA, American Technology, USA Environmental, EOD Technology Inc., Parsons Engineering Science Inc. and Foster Wheeler Environmental Corp.

Purpose: Provide systems integration, data management, project planning, field reconnaissance, mapping and other services.

Military Construction Programming Administration and Execution

Value: $19.9 million over 5 years

Winner: Electronic Data Systems Corp.

Purpose: Networking services, including maintenance and systems support for the Army Corps of Engineers' worldwide telecommunications network.
Source: Input Inc.

Number crunching

2004 budget proposal
$15 billion, $4.1 billion for civil works, funded separately from the Defense Department

Some key points:

  • About $2 billion is for operations and maintenance, $1.3 billion for construction, $280 million for flood control, Mississippi River and tributaries and $171 million for general expenses.

  • The budget proposes that 2004 funds be used to continue development and restoration of water and related resources, operation and maintenance of federally owned water resources projects, protecting waters and wetlands and restoring sites contaminated from early atomic weapons development program.

Things to note

The corps recently established a Homeland Security Office and named Edward Hecker its chief. The office is responsible for the corps' civil emergency management and critical infrastructure protection programs. Hecker is to work with parts of the Department of Homeland Security, the Army and Defense Departments to coordinate support to homeland security.


Army Corps of Engineers
441 G St. NW
Washington, DC 20314
(202) 761-0008

Founded: 1775

Commander: Lt. Gen. Robert Flowers

Employees: 34,600 civilian, 650 military

What it does: This agency of military and civilian engineers, scientists and specialists provides engineering services to the nation. This includes planning, building and operating water resources and civil works projects; and designing and managing construction of Army and Air Force facilities and for other defense and federal agencies.

Major subagencies: A veritable laundry list. Eight divisions, or regional business centers, throughout the United States. Forty-one district offices in the United States, Asia and Europe; field offices worldwide. Eight laboratories nationwide, such as the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory and the Information Technology Laboratory, both in Vicksburg, Miss. Two centers: the Huntsville Army Engineering and Support Center in Alabama and the Transatlantic Programs Center in Winchester, Va.; five field operating activities, such as the Marine Design Center in Philadelphia and the Institute for Water Resources in Alexandria, Va.

The Web site
The agency's Web site is awesome. It made me want to hug them. I found everything I need quickly and with little hunting. Things are in logical places. A "doing business with us" link ( tells you everything from how to go about business to what is available.

Wilbur Berrios

J Adam Fenster

Official title: Chief information officer

Took the job: Oct. 24, 1999

Hometown: Born in New York, lived in the Bronx for a while.

Home now:Springfield, Va.

Family: Wife; one son, 7, and one daughter, 2.

Hobbies: Golf, reading, going out to restaurants

Last book read: "Leading the Revolution: How to Thrive in Turbulent Times by Making Innovation a Way of Life" by Gary Hamel

Alma mater: Bachelor's degree in education from the University of Puerto Rico. Master's degree in management science from Webster College. As undergraduate, was member of Army ROTC. Commissioned in 1976, retired as a captain. Retired from Army Reserve in 2002 as a lieutenant colonel.

WT: What are the main technology needs of your agency?

Berrios: We want to continue producing products and services cheaper and better in support to the nation, and to do that, we have to look at how we leverage everything in terms of resources and expertise. Although IT is not our core competency, it is definitely a critical mechanism to achieve this. So we're looking very hard at how to modify and evolve the architecture to meet those challenges.

WT: What do you look for in companies with which you are thinking of doing business?

Berrios: I look for companies that can think more of enterprise-level solutions vs. very decentralized-level solutions. When I look at the services being provided traditionally in government today, they mimic what's happened 10 years ago: highly decentralized, repetitive type operations. And I don't think they're leveraging the product lines that are out there. So when I'm looking for a vendor, it's someone who's able to walk in and say there are some economies of scale, some efficiencies you could achieve here if you move toward the following, and here's how we'll help you get there.

WT: A year from now, where do you see the corps' technology capabilities?

Berrios: Our ability to access information will increase tremendously, yet still in a very secure mode. Today we're somewhat restricted in how we access our intranet or our network, but in the future we'll leverage virtual private network and Internet appliances, so we can access our network from wherever we wish, not only the particular mission-critical modules, regardless of where we are.

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