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VSU partners on $400 million Army Information Technology contract

Published date: December 11, 2012

The U.S. Army recently awarded Virginia State University and 15 partners a $400 million, competitive-bid contract, under which VSU will support the Army enterprise infrastructure and info structure goals with IT worldwide. The Federal Information Technology Services - Small Business (ITS-SB) contract is led by Tantus|OnPoint, a major, Virginia-based technology company that provides a full range of IT support services to civilian and defense agencies. The partners, which also includes University of Texas at El Paso and several small businesses, must provide the Army with a full array of innovative, world-class IT support services and solutions by February 2016. 

Under the terms of a subcontracting agreement recently signed between VSU and OnPoint, the University will have opportunity to work in the following ITS-SB Task Areas: Information Assurance (IA), Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V), Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), Migration / Integration IT Services and Warranty and Maintenance. 

The VSU Subcontract Administrator and Technical Representative for the contract is Dr. Godwin Mbagwu, SCHEV Distinguished Professor of Chemistry. “We are excited that VSU was selected as one of the two minority universities that have the capabilities to provide the necessary IT expertise in support of our soldiers,” he said. 

Dr. Mbagwu also serves as Director for the VSU Center for Biophotonics and Biodevices (CBAB), a research center that designs and develops nanotechnology-based biosensors for bio-chemical defense applications. 

“VSU has a strong track record of winning and successfully executing significant U.S. Department of Defense contracts in a timely and cost-effective manner,” he said.  “This landmark ITS-SB award provides our students, faculty and staff a great opportunity to expand and strengthen our STEM research infrastructure for education and training, while addressing the mission of the DoD to protect our soldiers and defend the nation.”

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