10 stories you've been following

The hottest news stories from the month of September

1. ITIP of the iceberg for CSC sinks Unisys
Computer Sciences Corp. wins Transportation Safety Administration’s $500 million information technology infrastructure contract, held by Unisys Corp. since TSA was formed in 2002.

2. NASA launches sky-high IT services competition
NASA plans to open competition for a series of services contracts estimated to be worth more than $4 billion, including five projects to consolidate the space agency’s IT and data services.

3. DHS eyes new structure for Eagle II contract
The Homeland Security Department is considering a follow-on contract to a $45 billion IT governmentwide acquisition contract that would eliminate functional categories and open competition across the board.

4. Contractors chew over death of partnering
Executives from a variety of contractors agree that forming partnerships with customers is more difficult today and point fingers at Defense Contract Audit Agency, which is pushing for more information and disclosure.

5. DOD reprising ‘If I had a $600 hammer’?
DOD is undertaking a number of initiatives that question the use of commercial-off-the-shelf software whenever possible. DISA, for instance, has released as open source a suite of applications built in-house, many of which had no commercial equivalents.

6. No wonder Postal Service is in the red
Survey finds that Northrop Grumman ranks No. 3 on a list of the top 150 suppliers to the U.S. Postal Service with invoices worth $380.2 million. No. 1? USPS’ biggest competitor, Federal Express with $1.7 billion in sales.

7. Xerox acquires ACS
Xerox Corp. pays $6.4 billion in cash and stock for Affiliated Computer Services Inc., creating a $22 billion global enterprise for document technology and business process management.

8. Dell computes Perot Systems is worth $3.9 billion
Dell Inc. unveiled plans to purchase Perot Systems Corp. for approximately $3.9 billion. The acquisition “will result in a compelling combination of two iconic information technology companies,” the announcement states.

9. Four capture $800 million HHS IT contract
Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Services, Computer Sciences Corp., Information Innovators Inc. and HMS Technologies Inc. win spots on $800 million Health and Human Services Department contract for IT services.

10. Baroni raises Eclat from BearingPoint’s ashes
“Stay tuned, we have the platform,” said Greg Baroni, unveiling his new venture, Eclat Consulting LLC, after securing the remaining $50 million in government contracts and employees from his former employer, BearingPoint.

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