HP Joins Select Group to Provide New IT to DOJ Agencies

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-01-06 Print this article Print

The FBI had selected the IT giant as one of its prime contractors to provide new IT hardware, software and services for the next eight years.

The FBI apparently trusts Hewlett-Packard and a few other IT companies to keep its secrets.

HP's Enterprise Services division on Jan. 6 announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has selected the Palo Alto, Calif.-based IT giant as one of its prime contractors to provide new IT hardware, software and services from 2011 through 2019.

The selection also applies to IT needs from other U.S. Department of Justice agencies under the massive new FBI Information Technology Supplies and Support Services (FBI IT Triple S) contract.

As a result of its selection, HP will be eligible to compete for task orders under the $30 billion multiple-award basic ordering agreement contract, enacted in 2010 by Congress.

Among the other vendors picked by the FBI to compete for future IT products and services are Unisys, Raytheon, IST Research, GTECH, SAIC, Intelligent Decisions, Fusion Technology, Emtech, GTSI, Technica and VIP Consulting.

The FBI IT Triple S contract is an eight-year procurement contract, valued as high as $30 billion, that will create  task orders spanning a variety of IT support services relating to hardware/software, operations and maintenance, technical support and application development.

The contract has a one-year base period followed by a seven-year option period and serves as a centralized source for the FBI to buy integrated IT products and services. By establishing simple and uniform mechanisms in support of the FBI's mission and daily operations, the agency is able to obtain contractor services as well as high-quality products.

HP has provided support services to government agencies for more than 45 years. About 40 percent of HP's enterprise business involves public-sector agencies, including the federal government, state and municipal customers, and research facilities.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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