Unisys gets OK for $1 billion TSA project
- By Nick Wakeman
- Aug 22, 2002
The Office of Management and Budget has approved the $1 billion Transportation Security Administration contract award to Unisys Corp. for the company to build and maintain TSA's IT infrastructure.
The agency named Unisys Aug. 2 as its choice for the TSA Information Technology Managed Services contract, but final award depended on an OMB review and approval, which was granted Aug. 13. Unisys competed against Electronic Data Systems Corp., Plano, Texas, for the contract.
Unisys now can begin work on two task orders under the seven-year contract. The first will be for TSA's end-user computer, network, data center and help-desk services. The second is to roll out systems and services.
TSA Chief Information Officer Patrick Schambach said the contract could be a model for future government projects. From the release of requirements to the award of the contract took just three and a half months, he said.
"The contract is totally performance-based," he said.
The contract has incentive and disincentive clauses for Unisys and its team, which includes IBM Corp., DynCorp and about 28 other companies.
If the agency and Unisys meet their objectives, Unisys gets a 5 percent incentive bonus. If TSA doesn't meet its objectives but Unisys does, no bonus is paid. If TSA meets its objectives but Unisys doesn't, Unisys pays a 2.5 percent fee. If neither TSA nor Unisys meet their objectives, Unisys pays a 5 percent fee.
TSA also has structured the contract as a utility model, where Unisys owns, builds and maintains the infrastructure and is responsible for the upfront capital expenditures, Schambach said. TSA will place orders for services with Unisys.
For companies that want to showcase new technologies or solutions to TSA, Schambach said he will refer them to Unisys, which will evaluate them and then bring them to the agency.
TSA also is talking with several companies about playing an independent validation and verification role to make sure the performance measures and other goals of the contract are being met, Schambach said.
Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.