CSC to supply software to CDC

Computer Sciences Corp. has won a three-year, $16 million task order from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to provide software support to CDC's National Electronic Disease Surveillance System's base system.

An electronic data exchange, the National Base System, or NBS, helps CDC manage and improve public health surveillance at federal, state and local levels.

The NBS is part of a public health information network that electronically links and integrates various surveillance activities to improve the nation's ability to identify and track emerging infectious diseases and potential bioterrorism attacks.

CDC also uses the system, which is currently operating in 16 states, to investigate outbreaks and monitor disease trends.

Under the new task order, CSC will continue to provide NBS with software development, deployment and maintenance, as well as help the CDC expand the use of the system to more states. In addition, the task order will accommodate NBS' expansion to collect and analyze data on additional diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria and varicella, commonly known as chickenpox.

The task order was awarded through the General Services Administration's Applications 'n Support for Widely diverse EndUser Requirements contract. It continues work CSC began under a $16 million award in 2000, which was extended in a $25 million contract in 2003.

CSC of Falls Church, Va., ranks No. 11 on Washington Technology's 2007 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime 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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