General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has won an ID/IQ contract from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for secure credentials for immigrants seeking employment within the United States. If all options are exercised, the contract has a value of $22 million over five years.
General Dynamics will support the USCIS Employment Authorization Document Identification Card program under the contract by developing the design and security characteristics for new counterfeit-resistant polycarbonate Employment Authorization Document, an ID card issued to legal U.S. immigrants demonstrating their eligibility to work in the United States. Production is scheduled to start in 2010 after the design phase.
Marcus Collier, senior vice president of General Dynamics Information Technology’s Civilian and Homeland Security Solutions Division, said of the award “General Dynamics understands USCIS’ increasing need to verify the identities of those working in the United States and to protect the American public from potential foreign threats. We will partner with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to use our expertise to support that need.”