General Dynamics, subcontractors to hire up to 110 in Md.

Staff will work on computer systems for new federal insurance program

August 12, 2010|By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun

General Dynamics Corp. and its subcontractors expect to hire as many as 110 workers in Baltimore County who will work on computer systems for a new government program that will help retirees receive health care coverage, officials said Thursday.

The defense contractor said Thursday that its information technology division won an $80 million award to work on the Department of Health and Human Services' Early Retiree Reinsurance Program.

The program is part of the health care reform package that was passed this year and is intended to help retirees who are not yet eligible for Medicare obtain affordable insurance.

Shalina Warren, a spokeswoman for General Dynamics, based in Falls Church, Va., said the company expects to hire 70 to 80 full-time employees to work in offices in the Towson area. Subcontractors are expected to add 20 to 30 workers, she said.

The information technology workers will design, build and maintain computer systems related to the program, a public website and a data center.

"We've already started hiring," Warren said. General Dynamics currently employs about 400 people in Baltimore County who support Health and Human Services projects, she said.

David S. Iannucci, executive director of Baltimore County's Department of Economic Development, said about half the jobs probably will be filled by county residents and the rest by workers from the region.

With the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid based in Woodlawn, Iannucci said, more jobs will likely come to the region because of health care reform.

"I'm very pleased, in the middle of a difficult national economy, to see us adding these jobs," Iannucci said.

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