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Metier Assists FBI Information Technology Initiative

By Roseanne Gerin
Special to The Washington Post
Monday, November 15, 2004; Page E04

Metier Ltd. of the District won a one-year, $2 million contract for software and services for the FBI's Enterprise IT Portfolio Management Program. The new initiative will improve oversight of the FBI's information-technology systems, applications and assets by the agency's IT management and staff, the company said.

"It's creating a portfolio for the FBI so that it has all the performance and evaluation [data] about all its projects in one repository," said Sandra Richardson, Metier's co-founder and chief operating officer. The work started in August, she said.

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Metier, which specializes in predictive project portfolio management software and services, is providing its proprietary WorkLenz software and Active Portfolio Services Office services to the FBI. The software combines and analyzes project data to pinpoint inefficiencies and risks, predict future work and improve processes.

Richardson described the initiative as "soup-to-nuts" management of the FBI's IT portfolio, from the initial concept of projects to the selection of investments to the management of active projects, including operations and maintenance. "The FBI is really leading the pack here with a type of implementation that commercial industry will be mimicking," Richardson said.

Metier also provides its software and services to the Agriculture, Defense and Energy departments as well as to various large defense contractors, including Anteon International Inc., BAE Systems Inc., Lockheed Martin Corp. and Northrop Grumman Corp. Its software and services are being used in the Defense Integrated Military Human Resource System program. In October, Metier announced that Lockheed Martin had selected it for subcontract work on the National Archives and Records Administration's project to design archives for electronic records.

Metier, founded in 1998, is privately owned and employs about 40 workers. The company does not disclose its revenue, Richardson said. Metier's Web site said it has increased revenue by nearly 400 percent over the past four years. The company is owned by Richardson, co-founder and chief executive Douglas Clark and other shareholders.

Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer with Washington Technology. For more details on this and other technology contracts, go to www.washingtontechnology.com.


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