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Rockville firm awarded Justice Dept. contract


A Rockville company has won a contract worth up to $139 million to help the U.S. Justice Department electronically file and catalog some of the millions of documents it churns out each year.

Aspen Systems Corp., an information management firm, will build customized computer data bases to keep track of the mountains of paperwork generated by the Justice Department's Civil Division, Aspen President Albert Lampert said.

The deal pays Aspen a guaranteed $300,000 for one year and gives the Justice Department the option of adding four one-year contract extensions, department spokesman Eric Donovan said. He added that Aspen's services will be used -- and paid for -- on an as-needed basis.

Aspen's bid of $139 million over five years was based on a request for proposal put out by the Justice Department, Mr. Donovan said.

Mr. Lampert said: "It's an important win for us. We are a large litigation support vendor for commercial and government interests, and we also run informational clearinghouses for the government." The 25-year-old company has 650 full-time employees and has offices in Washington and a division in Silver Spring.

"When they [the Justice Department] have complex and protracted litigation, they will build computerized data bases," Mr. Lampert said. "An attorney . . . will have the information at his fingertips."

An Arlington, Va., firm, Caci Inc., was awarded a similar contract to provide litigation support for Mr. Donovan's agency.

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