CSC Scores Canadian Government Contract

Computer Sciences Corp. of El Segundo, Calif., won a contract to replace Human Resources Development Canada's network operating system with new hardware and software, the company announced Nov. 15.

The contract is for five years with two one-year options and could be worth up to about $60.3 million in U.S. dollars. The contract was awarded by Public Works and Government Services Canada.

Human Resources Development Canada provides Canadians with employment insurance, income security, employment programs, corporate services and homelessness and labor services using several means, including walk-in services, automated telephone systems and self-service kiosks. About 26,000 agency employees use the network.

The CSC solution will replace existing technology with Microsoft products and will operate with the agency's corporate information management and technology infrastructure to improve functionality and services.

The contract includes IT architecture, software license arrangements, server hardware and services for transition, migration, implementation, support and maintenance.

The project will help the agency in support of the Government On-Line initiatives, which call for Canadians to be able to access all government information and services online any time, any where by 2004.

"This is an important contract win for CSC in the Canadian federal government information technology market and further expands our presence in the Ottawa region," said Tony Canning, president of CSC's Canadian operations. "We look forward to serving HRDC in implementing and supporting a state-of-the-art networking system."

In support of CSC, Compaq Canada Inc., Richmond Hill, Ontario, a subsidiary of Houston-based Compaq Computer Corp., will provide server technology, and CDI Corporate Education Services Corp. of Toronto, will offer training services.

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