June 07, 2012
FALLS CHURCH, Va., June 7 — The U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded CSC a contract to implement a cloud software-as-a-service solution for its Enterprise Messaging System. The contract has a one-year base period and six option years, bringing the estimated total value to $91 million. Work under this contract will add the FAA to the growing list of federal agencies moving their email and collaboration applications to the cloud. The contract was signed during the first quarter of CSC fiscal year 2013.
Under the terms of the contract, CSC will provide Microsoft Office 365 in Microsoft's secure cloud environment. The Microsoft Office 365 solution includes comprehensive email, collaboration, messaging, legal eDiscovery and other office applications to meet the FAA's objective to cost-effectively access data any time and any place from virtually any device. CSC will migrate 80,000 users spread across multiple email systems to Microsoft Office 365.
"Utilizing Microsoft Office 365, CSC's 'as-a-service' expertise will allow the FAA to benefit from the transparency, collaboration and on-demand capabilities that cloud computing offers," said Leif Ulstrup, president of CSC's North American Public Sector Federal Consulting Practice. "We have worked closely with the FAA for 40 years, and we commend its efforts to move toward a secure, cost-effective and flexible enterprise-wide cloud solution."
The contract was awarded in response to the "Cloud First" policy put forth by the Office of Management and Budget to integrate flexible and scalable services wherever possible. With a diverse workforce and broad mission, the FAA's move to a consolidated cloud service will significantly improve productivity and communications across DOT and FAA operations.
"Microsoft is pleased to be part of the CSC team as we move the FAA securely to the cloud, improving the agency's email, team collaboration and productivity with Office 365," said Curt Kolcun, vice president of U.S. Public Sector for Microsoft. "The Administration's Cloud First policy is helping critical agencies like the FAA not only save real dollars, but better apply resources towards meeting their strategic mission."
About CSC's North American Public Sector
As a go-to partner for critical national programs, CSC offers thought leadership, specialized skills and innovative services in critical areas for government clients. Leveraging a global footprint in both private and public sectors, and experience gained from serving almost every U.S. government agency, CSC's North American Public Sector (NPS) brings innovative ideas and proven best practices to help the U.S. government meet mission-critical requirements. For more information about CSC's government solutions, visit www.csc.com/government.
CSC (NYSE: CSC) is a global leader in providing technology-enabled business solutions and services. Headquartered in Falls Church, Va., CSC has approximately 98,000 employees and reported revenue of $15.9 billion for the 12 months ended March 30, 2012. For more information, visit the company's website at www.csc.com.
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