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CSC selected one of three vendors to operate federal data centers under $6 billion outsourcing contract.

FALLS CHURCH, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 19, 1997--Computer Sciences Corp. (NYSE:CSC) has been awarded a contract by the Federal Computer Acquisition Center (FEDCAC) to support efforts to outsource data center services on a government-wide basis.

The multi-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) Virtual Data Center Services contract is valued at up to $6 billion over a 10-year contract period, although no funds are being obligated at this time. Selected along with CSC were SunGard Computer Services of Herndon, Va., and UNISYS of McLean, Va.

Under the ID/IQ contract, each of the three Virtual Data Center Services vendors will compete for individual task orders which will be issued and awarded by the General Services Administration (GSA). FEDCAC assisted GSA during the acquisition phase of the Virtual Data Center Services contract and will continue to provide administrative support during the 10-year contract period.

The Virtual Data Center Services contract will provide for the outsourcing and migration of government data services from existing federal centers to contractor centers located throughout the world. CSC will support the initiative with data centers in the United States, Europe and Pacific Rim with a full range of primary data-processing support services provided by its existing Global Data Center infrastructure.

"As an acknowledged worldwide leader in outsourcing, CSC has long believed that the significant cost savings commercial companies have experienced by outsourcing data centers should be available to the federal government," said Van B. Honeycutt, CSC president and chief executive officer. "Now that opportunity is at hand, and we are eager to create those same types of efficiencies for federal agencies."

Essential components and resources to be provided under the contract will include hardware and software, system backup and disaster recovery, operations and systems support, systems and application software support, migration support and acceptance testing.

"The outsourcing of federal data centers over 10 years is a major step toward bringing best commercial practices to the federal government, as well as improving the government's return on its information technology investment," said Milton E. Cooper, president, CSC Systems Group.

The contract will be managed by CSC's System Sciences Division (SSD), based in Calverton, Md., and supported by CSC data centers managed by the company's Technology Management Group (TMG) in Falls Church, Va. TMG is responsible for CSC data centers in Norwalk and Meriden, Conn., and San Diego, Calif. European and Pacific Rim requirements will be supported by CSC data centers managed by CSC Europe and CSC Australia.

Teaming with CSC are System Development Corp. of Huntsville, Ala., a small-disadvantaged and woman-owned company; SOZA of Fairfax, Va., a small-disadvantaged business; Linda Berdine Associates of Fairfax, Va., a woman-owned company; and Comdisco, of Arlington, Va.

Since awarded its first commercial outsourcing contact in 1991, CSC has expanded its operations throughout the United States and into Europe and the Pacific Rim. At the end of 1996, outsourcing revenues accounted for nearly 45 percent of CSC total corporate revenues of $5.4 billion.

CSC has headquarters in El Segundo, Calif., and has nearly 44,000 employees in more than 600 offices worldwide, providing clients with a wide range of professional services including management consulting, business reengineering, information systems consulting and integration, and outsourcing.

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