CMS awards $78M cybersecurity contract

By Bernie Monegain
10:09 AM

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has awarded a $78M contract to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) to provide enterprise remote identity proofing and multi-factor authentication credential services.

The contract has a one-year base period of performance, four one-year options and a total value of $78 million, if all options are exercised.

The SAIC team will develop an infrastructure for solving key challenges that arise in identity proofing and authentication requirements of the CMS programs. The solution integrates the latest in identity proofing and credential provisioning (in compliance with NIST 800-63-1 Level 2 and Level 3 assurance), minimizing the risk of fraud while leveraging a secure cloud services model and enabling access to CMS systems using multiple devices including secure mobile access technologies.

"We look forward to supporting CMS' important mission by delivering an integrated ERIP and MFA cloud services solution that enables trusted access and online transactions in compliance with federal standards," said Charles Beard, SAIC chief information officer and business unit general manager. "Our team of cybersecurity and health information technology experts, as well as global leaders in verification technologies and fraud protection, will provide an innovative solution to this important customer."

SAIC is a Fortune 500 scientific, engineering, and technology applications company that bills itself as using its domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security, energy and environment, health and cybersecurity.

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