Northrop Grumman picks up a $2.6 billion IT contract

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Northrop Grumman Corp., Virginia’s private partner in running much of the state’s computer system, has been awarded a $2.6 billion federal contract from the General Services Administration to develop the IT infrastructure for the new campus of the Homeland Security Department in southeast Washington, D.C.

The GSA contract calls for the design, installation, testing and maintenance of a system for what is the largest federal construction project in Washington since the Pentagon was built. The new DHS campus on the grounds of the former St. Elizabeth’s Hospital will eventually consolidate 22 agencies and 14,000 employees in a single location over the next 10 years.

The IT infrastructure will include passive optical network technology, designed to reduce power consumption, in keeping with the project’s sustainability goals.  According to a statement from the GSA, the IT structure will have to allow all components of DHS to share information immediately so the country can respond efficiently to possible security threats.

As part of the deal, Northrop Grumman must meet small-business requirements, such as awarding 40 percent of subcontracting dollars to small businesses.


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