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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 30, 2002
Contact: Ron Zeitz
Telephone: 202-366-0660
FHWA 21-02

FHWA Awards 10-Year Performance-Based Contract For Information Technology Support Services

The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced it has awarded a contract that will save the agency as much as $2 million a year over 10 years in information technology support services.

"Finding innovative ways to contract for services is one of the ways FHWA uses to get the most for taxpayer dollars," FHWA Administrator Mary E. Peters said. "Multi-year contracts that include periodic performance evaluation are among the most effective contract instruments we have at our disposal."

The 10-year contract, divided into five two-year segments, is valued at $174 million. It was awarded to a minority-owned, Vienna, VA-based firm called INDUS Corporation. The contract contains requirements that the firm earn sustained superior contract performance evaluations on each two-year segment in order to be considered for the next segment.

Under the contract, INDUS will supply enterprise architecture support, document management support, video conferencing, data communications management, applications software management and web support to the FHWA. It also will supply help desk and LAN support, application/database server support, mainframe support and information technology security to the agency.

By consolidating of all these information technology support services into one contract with one vendor, the agency will realize considerable savings. Instead of accountability spread over several suppliers, one firm will have overall responsibility for providing these services, many of which are interrelated.

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