Sunday, October 5, 2008

FDA Awards $2.5 Billion for IT

On September 26, 2008, FDA awarded ten contractors a total of up to $2.5 billion to provide information technology and data center management services over the next ten years. The funding will be the cornerstone of the FDA’s Information Technology for the 21st Century (ICT21) Bioinformatics initiative.

“This contract (HHS F2232008500131-221) sets the stage for the FDA to have IT to acquire, analyze, and act on data critical for import protection, food protection, and medical product safety plans,” said Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D., Commissioner of Food and Drugs. “We are creating a high tech efficient, data management system designed to meet the needs of those who must accomplish our mission.”

The contracts with a minimum value of $25,000 in orders per contractor were awarded to Buccaneer, Warrenton Virginia, Computer Sciences Corporation, Rockville, Maryland, Dynanet, Elkridge, Maryland, Electronic Data Systems, Herndon Virginia, General Dynamics, Fairfax Virginia, Human Touch, McLean Virginia, IDL-Pragmatics, Vienna Virginia, Interactive Technology Solutions, Silver Spring Maryland, Telesis, Rockville Maryland, and Unisys, Reston Virginia.

The ten contractors will compete for the data information technology task orders through this contract. The FDA has awarded three task orders under the ICT 21 contract for the design and migration of all systems application to two new data centers. All FDA software applications and hosting operations will transition to the new data centers over a two year period.

The three task orders were awarded to:

  • IT Solutions (Task Order 1 funded initially at $3,000,000) provides the design and implementation as well as migration of existing FDA applications to the newly configured White Oak Data Center which supports all FDA test and development applications
  • Buccaneer (Task Order 2 funded initially at $3,000.000) provides the operations and maintenance at the White Oak Data Center
  • EDS (Task Order 3 funded initially at $122,000,000) provides the design, implementation, migration and operations, and maintenance of existing FDA applications to a Contractor Owned Contractor Operated hosted data center for FDA production operations

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