Unisys awarded large TSA contract

Published 4 January 2006

IT security is big and getting bigger, and big players such as Unisys get the big contracts this time from TSA and DHS

The rich get richer — just ask Blue Bell, Pennsylvania-based Unisys (NYSE: UIS). The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and DHS have awarded the company a “bridge” contract to continue building, securing, and managing the information technology infrastructure for TSA, and for DHS headquarters facility. Unisys services will be focused on the safe transport of people and cargo throughout the United States. The contract is an indefinite delivery-indefinite quantity contract with a term of one base year with two one-year options which are exercisable at the discretion of the government. The government’s estimated value of the base year is $308 million ($265 million for TSA and $43 million for DHS). The total ceiling value of the three-year period is no more than $750 million.

The adjective “bridge” is used because the contract will serve as a bridge between services from the previous Information Technology Managed Services (ITMS) contract, which will expire on 1 January 2006, and DHS’s implementation of a department-wide business IT solution.

By the way: Unisys’ company motto has a ring to it which brings to mind Chicago’s legendary mayor Richard Daley (we are talking about the current mayor’s father): “Imagine it. Done.”

-read more in company news release