Three win $950M DOJ case management deal

Three major information technology companies will compete for Justice Department task orders through a $950 million, six-year umbrella contract to provide automated litigation support services. DOJ could use the new agreements to help consolidate its diverse fleet of litigation case management systems.

CACI International Inc. of Arlington, Va., Labat-Anderson Inc. of McLean, Va., and Lockheed Martin Corp. of Bethesda, Md., received awards earlier this month under the Mega 3 contract to provide the services. The companies will help operate and maintain the department's case management systems on an indefinite-quantity, indefinite-delivery basis, according to procurement documents and vendor notices.

Each company will have the opportunity to bid on task orders for work under the Mega 3 contract.

Justice formerly used Mega 2 systems support services contracts to help operate case management systems in the headquarters offices of its civil, antitrust, civil rights, criminal, environmental and natural resources divisions, as well as the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys. The department's tax division is developing a separate litigation support program, according to procurement documents.

In addition, dozens of U.S. attorneys' offices nationwide have built and now operate their own separate case management systems.

DOJ is the lead agency for the litigation Case Management Line of Business project sponsored by the Office of Management and Budget. The FBI, Justice's law enforcement arm, is building the Sentinel investigative case management system as the lead agency for OMB's investigative case management LOB project.

The Case Management LOB plan originally called for a third variety of case management systems to be developed as a blueprint for federal agencies to handle administrative cases. The administrative case management project has been relegated to third place behind the other case management projects.

The department used the National Institutes of Health's CIO-SP2 contract vehicle for the procurement, according to information posted on the FedBizOpps.gov Web site.

CACI has been providing case management services to Justice since 1978.

CACI said one benefit DOJ would receive under the litigation case management project is the company's Online Mega Web Portal or OMEGA. It combines management and technical tools for CACI and the department, so the company's litigation support staff can receive tools to speed data collection, tracking and analysis.

OMEGA will provide Justice's case managers with "fast, secure and easy access to shared libraries, court calendars, project milestones and associated tools," CACI said.

"DOJ attorneys and staff also use OMEGA's powerful search capabilities to quickly and effectively scan through vast repositories of evidentiary material," the company said in an announcement.

Justice's awards to the three companies last one base year with five option years, according to procurement documents.

Lockheed Martin ranks No. 1 on Washington Technology's 2007 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors, and CACI ranks No. 22 on the list.

Wilson P. Dizard III writes for Government Computer News, an 1105 Government Information Group publication.

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