Justice Will Proceed With Disputed Computer ID Contract

March 21, 2012

The Office of Justice Programs is moving forward on a contested contract with LS3 Technologies for digital identity services, while the grant-making agency reevaluates whether the vendor's offer is the best value for taxpayers, office leaders told Nextgov.

The Government Accountability Office, a congressional watchdog agency, ruled Feb. 29 that the Justice Department should replace LS3, unless it can prove the company's proposal is technically superior enough to merit its higher price tag, which has not been disclosed. OJP already had assigned LS3 an $844,122 job as part of the five-year multimillion-dollar contract, OJP officials said.

The blanket purchase agreement consists of multiple software and service tasks assigned as needed to instate the Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management program, a governmentwide strategy for securing the login credentials and smart card IDs of federal employees.

 

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