The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a “follow-on task order” to an existing contract with a total potential value of $1.1 billion to operate, maintain and enhance the classified networks for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The “Enterprise Networked Services Support” (ENSS) task order, which allows secure information sharing among federal government agencies and first responders nationwide, is a single award under the Alliant indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract. Work will be conducted over a one-year base period with six, one-year option periods, the company says.
Northrop Grumman’s “information systems” sector will lead the work to sustain and modernize classified enterprise information technology (IT) services for DHS, the company says. The ENSS is expected to support up to 1,100 locations nationwide including DHS, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and law enforcement, the company says.
Northrop Grumman was awarded the original contract to build and operate DHS’ secret classified network infrastructure in 2004. “Fundamental to achieving the Department of Homeland Security’s mission of communicating effectively within the department and among its partners around the nation is the capability to share critical national security information at the appropriate level of classification to initiate immediate action,” said Jim Myers, Northrop Grumman’s Civil Systems Division vice president and general manager. “Our cutting-edge solution and industry-leading team will incorporate green IT best practices to benefit the department and support the federal chief information officer council’s Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative through a reduced energy and data center footprint.”
As part of the task order, Northrop Grumman will develop, deploy and operate a converged network and IT infrastructure that will provide classified data, voice and video services to more than 15,000 fixed and mobile users nationwide. Services will be delivered using a virtual private cloud-based model for better computing efficiency and IT security.