Reacting to a perceived growing need for technological services and outsourcing in the federal and commercial marketplace, information technology provider Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) has inaugurated a new division dedicated to business process outsourcing (BPO) and started its program with a $56 million contract with Ginnie Mae.

The five-year deal, wherein the company's subsidiary ACS Government Solutions Group, Inc. will provide technical and professional services to support the GSE's mortgage-backed securities program, is the first of several similar types of contracts coming down the pike in which public sector agencies outsource backend data processing and analysis to IT companies, sources say.

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