The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded CSC (NYSE: 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.”