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WASHINGTON -- The General Services Administration has chosen Electronic Data Systems Corp. to supply new identification cards for federal employees and contractors in a deal worth $66 million.
The contract is part of a multibillion-dollar program to issue ID cards using digital technology, such as biometrics, to all federal employees and contractors by October 2008.
The EDS deal was confirmed Tuesday by an industry source with knowledge of the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because it has not been publicly announced. Stanford Group Co. analyst Jeremy Grant issued an investor research note early Tuesday predicting that GSA would announce EDS as its choice "in the next day."
A GSA spokeswoman did not return a call for comment, but the agency has scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. to announce the contract recipient.
Earlier this year, GSA said the winning bidder would have to begin issuing cards within 90 days of the award. The base period on the contract would run through Sept. 30 and include four one-year options through 2011, a GSA spokeswoman said then.
In November, the agency opted not to extend a similar contract with BearingPoint Inc. that was worth $104 million and could have run for five years. That decision followed complaints from bidders EDS, Lockheed Martin Corp. and privately held Xtec Inc. of Miami, who protested the government's evaluation criteria.