Ten companies from Maryland and Virginia have been named as preferred contractors by the Food and Drug Administration, allowing them to compete for up to $2.5 billion in computer work over the next decade to implement, upgrade and manage the agencys IT initiatives.
The contracts are an integral part of the FDAs Information and Computing Technologies for the 21st Century bioinformatics initiative, which when complete will represent a full update to the agencys data management, warehouse and IT security protocols.
This contract 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, FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach said in a statement.
The contracts, with a minimum value of $25,000 in orders per contractor, went to: Buccaneer Computer Systems & Service, Warrenton, Va.; Computer Sciences Corp., Rockville, Md.; Dynanet Corp., Elkridge, Md.; Electronic Data Systems Corp.'s U.S. Public Sector unit, Herndon, Va.; General Dynamics Corp., Falls Church, Va.; HumanTouch, McLean, Va.; IDL-Pragmatics, Vienna, Va.; Interactive Technology Solutions, Silver Spring, Md.; Telesis Corp., Rockville, Md.; and Unisys, Reston, Va.