Early Briefing: Alliant Winners Named

The General Services Administration named 59 companies as winners of a $50 billion contract to supply information technology services to the federal government. The contract, called Alliant, is the largest government-wide IT services contract ever awarded by the GSA. It is worth up to $50 billion over the next five years, and it can be renewed for an additional five years.
The GSA originally chose 29 companies when the contract was awarded for the first time in July 2007. But that round of winners was protested by a number of firms that were not picked. A federal judge decided that the GSA had not properly evaluated the bids and restarted the process. This time the GSA nearly doubled the number of winners, who will now compete with one another for work, or task orders, under the contract.
Some of the winners include BearingPoint, SI International, Harris Corp., ManTech, Indus Corp., IBM, Unisys and Keane Federal Systems.

Creighton Farms was supposed to be a playground for Loudoun County's rich, on more than 900 acres in Virginia's vaunted horse country. But like many planned communities in Northern Virginia's wealthy suburbs, the worsening economy has put a hold on the luxurious vision of Creighton Farms. Most of the prized "estate lots" are vacant. And to date, no one lives on the property.
Last week, a group of developers sold the gated development in western Loudoun after being beset for years by financial woes and less-than-impressive sales. Ritz-Carlton had agreed to manage the development, but workers are taking down signs and insignia with the hotel chain's name and lion's head logo at the property, off Route 15 and just north of John Mosby Highway (Route 50).
The new owner, Southworth Development, has begun the laborious process of filing zoning permits and drawing up architectural plans for a slightly less opulent community, said David Southworth, president and founder of the company.

The federally ordered movement of Defense Department jobs around the Washington area is proving more costly than originally thought, and there is concern that road improvements to accommodate the additional traffic will not be made in time, worsening gridlock in a region that can hardly afford it. Local officials say the projects will be completed by the Sept. 15, 2011, deadline, a coup given their massive scope (at least one will be larger than Tysons Corner Center) and their complexity (some are super-secret intelligence buildings).

By Terri Rupar  |  March 31, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  | Category:  Economy Watch , Morning Brief
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