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CGI Recognized for Innovation in Government for eVA Procurement Program
Dec 11, 2007 (08:12 AM EST)


FAIRFAX, VA, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - CGI Group Inc. announced today that CGI and the Commonwealth of Virginia received the Innovation in Government award from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for the eVA e-procurement program.

The Commonwealth of Virginia partnered with CGI to develop eVA, a statewide electronic purchasing solution, to increase the efficiency of both state and local government procurement. Since 2001, the Commonwealth has used eVA to process over 1.5 million orders to buy $14 billion of products and services. In addition to pioneering eVA, CGI today supports the system through a managed services contract for application management, development and maintenance, ensuring that even greater benefits will be realized for Virginia.

"Today, with more than 12,500 eVA users statewide, eVA allows us to buy goods and services faster, easier, and at best value using a single on-line source, saving our taxpayers money while streamlining processing for our vendors. Through the eVA program, we have cut order processing costs up to 50% and reduced processing time in some cases up to 70%," said Ron Bell, Virginia's Director of the Division of Purchases and Supply, Department of General Services.

"eVA is a prime example of how CGI helps clients leverage technology solutions for more efficient and effective government," said Nazzic Turner, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, CGI. "We gratefully acknowledge the partnership and vision of the Commonwealth leadership and also extend our appreciation to the Wilder School at VCU for recognizing our team efforts. Working together, CGI and the Commonwealth have set a new standard for e-procurement nationwide."

The Excellence in Virginia Government Awards program is the signature event of VCU's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Held each year in late November, the awards celebrate outstanding public and private individuals and organizations that have made noteworthy contributions to the practice of government and to the welfare of Virginia's communities and citizens.

CGI's Global Government Services help our public sector clients leverage innovative business processes and technologies to transform operations for the future while delivering on the process and technology demands of today. Our full service capabilities are built upon proven and repeatable frameworks that lead to rapid deployment, measurable process improvements, and cost savings. We help reduce the complexity of day-to-day operations to allow our clients to better focus on the business of government.

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 26,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia Pacific as well as from centers of excellence in North America, Europe and India. CGI's annual revenue run rate stands at $3.7 billion and at September 30th, 2007, CGI's order backlog was $12.0 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in the S&P/TSX Composite Index as well as the S&P/TSX Capped Information Technology and MidCap Indices. Website: www.cgi.com .

CONTACT: Investors: Lorne Gorber, Vice-President, Global Communications linda.odorisio@cgi.comand Investor Relations, (514) 841-3355; Media: Linda Odorisio,Vice-President, US Communications, (703) 227-6161,