SAIC sows software development for USDA

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will also receive technical services

Science Applications International Corp. will provide software assistance and other technical services to the Agriculture Department under a five-year contract that could be worth as much as $13 million if all options are exercised.

The prime contract from USDA’s Farm Service Agency calls for SAIC to provide software development and technical services in support of the agency’s geographical information systems.

FSA service centers use GIS applications to determine program eligibility based on crop acreage or other land use information. The applications also help automate, streamline and maximize services, SAIC officials said.

SAIC will provide technical assistance and support services for the development and deployment of customized GIS applications. The work will be performed primarily in Washington, D.C.

“The integration of geospatial and business data is a key element in modernizing FSA’s business operations and farm program delivery,” said Tony Moraco, SAIC senior vice president and business unit general manager.

The Farm Service Agency administers and manages farm commodity, credit, conservation, disaster and loan programs for farmers and ranchers. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of the agricultural industry and to help farmers adjust production to meet demand.

SAIC, of San Diego and Falls Church, Va., ranks No. 7 on Washington Technology’s 2009 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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