NSA Farms Out Information Technology (AP)

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NSA Farms Out Information Technology

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) - The super-secret National Security Agency plans to turn management of most of its nonclassified information technology over to a private contractor.

NSA officials estimated the initiative announced Tuesday could save the government $1 billion over 10 years, while allowing for faster modernization of the agency's computers and telecommunication systems.

``It narrows our front and allows us to focus the energies of the agency on the things that only the agency can do,'' said Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden, the NSA's director.

The plan could be worth up to $5 billion to the winning bidder over 10 years, The Washington Post and The Sun of Baltimore said.

The contract would not involve the supercomputers, satellites and ground stations around the world that the NSA uses to monitor communications. The NSA specializes in electronic intelligence-gathering through satellites, telephone intercepts and other methods.

A major computer failure in January left the agency unable to process global intelligence for days. No vital intelligence was lost and no international crisis occurred, but Hayden and other top NSA officials were alarmed by the meltdown.

Three private-sector consortiums led by major corporations plan to submit bids. Officials declined to name consortium members. The contract is scheduled to be awarded in April 2001.

The plan would eliminate the jobs of 1,200 to 1,500 NSA employees and 800 contractors, but agency officials said all affected NSA employees would be guaranteed jobs by the winning bidder.

-- (Watching@the.news), June 07, 2000


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