Unisys Selected to Provide Continued Support to Defense Department Freight Management System
Application Modernization and Outsourcing Services Task Order Extends Company’s 19-Year Relationship with U.S. Transportation Command
BLUE BELL, Pa. – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has awarded Unisys (NYSE: UIS) a firm fixed price task order to design, develop and maintain the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s (SDDC) Global Freight Management (GFM) system, used by the U.S. Defense Department to purchase commercial freight transportation services. Unisys will also provide project management and integration services, e-commerce solutions, systems training, and software testing and documentation.
The task order, awarded under the GSA Schedule 70 contract, has a five-month base period, followed by four one-year options and a final seven-month option. The options are exercisable at the discretion of the government. The contract has a value of $1.4 million for the five-month base period and a total value of $17.4 million if all options are exercised. The award follows the recompete of a task order awarded to Unisys in October 2006.
The SDDC, part of the U.S. Transportation Command, manages all DoD surface freight movement and is responsible for purchasing and approving freight transport services from the U.S. carrier industry. The GFM system, which is essential to the SDDC mission, automates carrier selection, costing, shipment documentation and management of DoD freight movements. The system also provides shipment information on DoD assets that includes in-transit visibility between origin and destination.
Commercial freight carriers file their rates on the GFM system, while the military services use the system’s Freight Acquisition Shipping Tool to enter the details of their shipping requirements such as the shipping origin and destination, the nature of the cargo, and the timeframe required. The system then matches the shipment requirements with the services provided by the carriers. Spot Bid, another GFM component, is used to conduct a reverse auction in which the qualifying bidder with the lowest cost is awarded the business.
Unisys also provides online training and other support services to users of the system. GFM supports more than 10,000 users across approximately 2,000 sites.
“Unisys has been the development contractor with the SDDC for 19 years, and we are invested in the system and want to continue to improve it,” said Jim Geiger, managing partner, Department of Defense, Unisys Federal Systems. “This award represents an extension of a successful relationship with the SDDC, and we look forward to continuing to assist the command in achieving its vital mission of ensuring our military services have the supplies and inventory they need to protect our country.”
Unisys has more than 30 years of experience providing application modernization and outsourcing services supporting mission critical systems for governments, financial institutions, airlines and other commercial industries around the world.
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernize their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With more than 27,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organizations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.
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