CSC wins $500M TSA infrastructure deal

Company will provide information technology support across all of TSA

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been corrected to reflect that the value of the contract is $500 million. Unisys Corp. and General Dynamics Corp. also have filed protests with GAO.

Computer Sciences Corp. has won a $500 million contract to run the information technology infrastructure for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Washington Technology has learned.

Although no official word has been issued by CSC or TSA, several industry sources have confirmed that CSC has won the seven-year contract.

The program, which goes by the acronym ITIP, is a recompete of a contract held by Unisys Corp. since TSA was formed in 2002. The Unisys contract, known as IT Managed Services, brought in $202 million in fiscal 2008, according to the market research firm Input.

The competition for the new contract has gone through a series of downselects and protests. Unisys and other companies were allowed back into the competition last year after claiming they were improperly eliminated. The competition was limited to holders of the Homeland Security Department’s Eagle contract.

The contract will provide TSA with a broad range of IT services including developing requirements, operating all IT products and services, and telecommunications support. Work is done at airports and TSA offices and facilities across the country.

CSC’s team includes CACI International; Intelligenct Decisions; MultiMax Array Eagle, a subsidiary of Harris Corp.; and Lockheed Martin Corp. For a full list of CSC team click here.

Unisys is reviewing its options of whether to protest the award to CSC, a Unisys spokesman said. The company has "not yet determined our response to the TSA decision," spokesman Brad Bass said.

When asked about the impact the lost contract would have on Unisys, Bass said the company's federal business grew during the first half of 2009.The company recently has won contracts with the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the Agriculture Department, Defense Finance and Accounting Service and the U.S. Joint Forces Command. "We have a robust pipeline of opportunities with both existing and new clients," he said.

Bass did not comment on the possibility of Unisys laying off employees because of the lost contract. "At this time we cannot predict the role that employees working on this contract will fill after the current contract ends," he said.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

Reader Comments

Tue, Sep 29, 2009 Jack

As a former Unisys employee I have every confidence that the company will bounce back under its new leader Mr. Cole. Unisys made a series of errors in judgment over the last eight years that made them vulnerable to being beat out by Lockheed Martin. Unisys has been consistently a bottom line company but you have to nuance that when dealing national security and public safety. The organization will adjust and be back strong - go Unisys.

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