|By Dennis Punzel, The Wisconsin State Journal|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
WPS was awarded the contract to continue to administer
The program accounts for about 11 percent of WPS' overall revenue, according to a company official.
"This is a major success story for WPS," said
WPS originally was awarded the
WPS has about 3,300 employees, including close to 2,300 at its
"Because we were re-awarded this contract, we'll be able to maintain many of the jobs we have in place today," Brugger said. "We went through a similar contract process where we lost the
WPS President and CEO
"At WPS, we have been making significant investments in new technology and processes to meet the needs of our customers, including the federal government," Hamerlik said. "We have visionary plans to move forward as a company and winning this contract proves we're on the right track."
The company will continue to seek new government contracts when there's a good match with its capabilities, Hamerlik added.
WPS still has one more potential obstacle. The two other companies that bid for the contract will have an opportunity to meet with the
"This is a performance-based contract and a competitive bid contract," he said. "So you have to go in there with a very competitive price, but you also have to show that our performance has been outstanding. The government recognized that through this particular procurement process."
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