Eighteen companies vie for massive Minneapolis IT contract

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By Eric Roper, Star Tribune

“Eighteen companies are vying to win all or part of Minneapolis’ largest contract, an IT outsourcing deal that has paid Pennsylvania-based Unisys more than $149 million since 2003.

The city opted to seek competitive bids on the contract in 2012 and IT officials have expressed interest in breaking up its many components. The city renewed the contract without seeking bids in 2007 and then extended it in 2010 — it now ends in December 2015.

Some have questioned the city’s close ties with the company over the years. A Star Tribune analysis in 2012 revealed a revolving door of sorts between the company’s top ranks and Minneapolis government.”

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