CGI Signs 3 Year, US$40 Million Contract with the State of Louisiana for Road Home Program IT Services and Disaster Management



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    FAIRFAX, VA, April 17 /CNW Telbec/ - CGI Group Inc. (TSX: GIB.A; NYSE:  
GIB), a leading provider of information technology and business process
services, today announced a partnership with the State of Louisiana, Division
of Administration, Office of Community Development/Disaster Recovery Unit
(OCD/DRU) to deliver IT operations and service management to support
Louisiana's ongoing Road Home Program. The contract, valued at US$40 million,
was signed during CGI's second quarter and will run for three years.
    To successfully manage the complex series of IT interactions that support
the Road Home program, the CGI team will deliver application maintenance, user
support, data warehouse services and reporting, as well as disaster recovery
and continuity of operations planning. The CGI team includes Sparkhound and
Blue Streak Technologies as local Baton Rouge based partners. The Road Home
Program was established in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to provide
financial assistance to property owners and is the largest single housing
recovery program in U.S. history.
    "CGI brings the solid IT management foundation, industry-standard
practices, and policy domain knowledge required to increase the efficiency and
effectiveness of the IT services supporting the Road Home program," said Paul
Rainwater, Executive Director of the Louisiana Recovery Authority and the
Office of Community Development. "Our commitment to homeowners has not
waivered and CGI has the capacity and experience needed to help us meet our
goals going forward."
    "CGI is committed to a true partnership with the State to help manage the
complexities and competing demands inherent in managing IT services for the
nation's largest housing recovery program," said Nazzic Turner, General
Manager and Senior Vice-President, CGI. Together, we will ensure seamless
support to the Road Home Program."

    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 25,000 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 $4.0 billion and at December 31, 2008, CGI's order backlog
was $11.4 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.

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forward-looking statements or on this forward-looking information. You will
find more information about the risks that could cause our actual results to
significantly differ from our current expectations in the Risks and
Uncertainties section.




For further information:

For further information: Investors: Lorne Gorber, Vice-President, Global
Communications and Investor Relations, (514) 841-3355, lorne.gorber@cgi.com;
Media: Linda Odorisio, Vice-President, US Communications, (703) 267-8118,
linda.odorisio@cgi.com


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