The US Food and Drug Administration has awarded an IT services contract potentially worth $111m (£62m) over five years to an IT consulting business under a small business federal set-aside programme.
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Under a deal announced last week, ITSolutions will provide IT consolidation services to help streamline operations for eight FDA branches, including the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, the Center for Veterinary Medicine, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
Mike Dietz, vice-president of operations at ITSolutions, said the contract is for one base year, plus four option years. The deal will cover the consolidation of the FDA's entire IT infrastructure, including the network operations centre, server administration, network security and engineering.
"We're seeing across the federal government a move to streamline organisational infrastructures," Dietz said. "This is not a new idea."
By bringing the IT infrastructures together for the eight FDA branches, the FDA will be able to save money and use its overall IT systems across agency levels better, he said.
"This contract was put in place to support that," he added.
About 75 of ITSolutions' 200 employees will work on the FDA contract, Dietz said.
IT staff from the FDA and from three subcontractor companies will also help with the work, which will involve about 135 people in the first year. The subcontractors are Unisys, consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton and Apptis, an IT services supplier.
Todd R Weiss writes for Computerworld