Ashburn-based FCi Federal announced Tuesday that it has been awarded a $416-million, five-year prime contract with the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to support the National Benefits Records Operations Center. Processing, operations, and management work began on February at the center in Lee's Summit, Missouri and Overland Park, Kansas.

The contract, which became effective on Jan. 30, authorizes 1,320 full-time positions.

The National Benefits Center's primary mission is to prepare applications for adjudication that require an interview at a USCIS Field Office. Conducting background and security checks and reviewing the evidence that applicants submit to support their eligibility for the benefit are just part what goes into preparing an application. FCi Federal will also provide services related to correspondence management, data collection, and file operations to ensure that USCIS is prepared to handle increases in application volumes in the future.

FCi Federal was recently named one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. in the 2015 Inc. 5000 list. The leading support services solutions provider to the Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, FCi Federal has expanded across other government agencies in recent years, today helping agencies including the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of State, and others in improving and managing their operations.

The FCi Federal contract marks the second major contract to a Loudoun County company in a month. In January, Orbital ATK of Dulles was awarded a $1.5 billion contract by NASA to supply the international space station.

Operating in more than 40 states and territories, FCi Federal is one of the largest government services firms in the nation with almost 5,000 employees. It was founded by Loudoun County native Sharon Virts in her brother's basement in Lucketts. Virts remains the company's CEO.

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