Falls Church-based General Dynamics has snatched away from Northrop Grumman a coveted contract award to provide the information technology infrastructure at the new Department of Homeland Security headquarters at St. Elizabeths.

The General Services Administration awarded General Dynamics the program yesterday in its second effort. Last year, GSA awarded the contract to Northrop only to retract it after the Government Accountability Office received multiple protests. General Dynamics was one of those that protested.

“The DHS St. Elizabeths campus will be a showcase for the value of integrating technology, people, and processes in a consolidated environment that will truly help DHS achieve its critical mission to protect the nation’s security,” GSA Administrator Martha N. Johnson said in a news release. “All of GSA is partnering with DHS to create a model campus that is green, energy-efficient, and secure, with an integrated technology backbone that can accommodate IT, physical security, and smart building networks for the agency well into the future.”

GSA's Federal Systems Integration and Management Center awarded the task order as part of the Alliant governmentwide acquisition contract. The task order has a ceiling of $867 million if all options are exercised. The Federal Systems Integration and Management Center will continue to provide project, acquisition, and financial management support to DHS throughout the duration of the project.

“The work accomplished through the DHS (Technology Integration Program) is critical to the success of the Department of Homeland Security and our consolidation efforts,” said Richard Spires, DHS Chief Information Officer, in a news release. “The culture of trust and partnership with DHS, GSA, and General Dynamics will be vital to the alignment needed to support our critical information technology efforts.”

The project scope covers design, procurement, configuration, installation, testing, securing, and maintaining an integrated network infrastructure to transport all DHS voice, video, and data across the consolidated DHS headquarters campus.