SRA International Inc. won a contract potentially worth $54.6 million over 10 years from the Defense Department's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command to develop an Internet-based personal-property system to manage the moving of military families.

The Personal Property System is to integrate the Defense Department's automated processes for the worldwide relocation of civilian and military employees and their families. It would also allow them to enter information online about their moves as well track shipments, process payments for movers and let customers file claims for damaged or lost property.

"It will provide a user-friendly system that places them in control of their own moves," said Pat Elliott, SRA's account manager for the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command.

The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, the executive agency for military moves, manages the $1.8 billion personal property program and is responsible for annually moving more than 500,000 shipments, or about 721,543 tons of household goods.

The new system is part of a larger initiative called Families First that has been 10 years in the making to improve moving services for the military, said Air Force Col. Tom Keller, director of passenger and personal property programs at the Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command in Alexandria.

SRA International of Fairfax will complete the system's design in three to four months, then implement it over 12 months, the company said. The system will be fully operational Oct. 1, 2005, Keller said.

SRA's team for the project includes Siebel Systems Inc., Manugistics Group Inc., SQL Corp., Complete Professional Services Inc., XIO Strategies Inc., Oak Grove Software, and Trusted Solutions Group.

SRA provides information technology services to federal government agencies, including the departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Interior, Justice, Labor, Transportation and Treasury and the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the General Accounting Office, intelligence agencies and the Small Business Administration.

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Roseanne Gerin is a staff writer for Washington Technology