Computer Sciences Corporation

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Computer Sciences Corporation
Traded as NYSECSC
S&P 500 Component
Industry IT services, IT consulting
Founded April 1959
Founder Roy Nutt
Fletcher R. Jones
Headquarters Falls Church, Virginia, United States
Area served
Key people
John Michael Lawrie, (President and CEO)[1]
Services IT, business consulting and outsourcing services
Revenue Decrease US$ 12.17 billion (2015)[2]
Decrease US$ -128 million (2015)[2]
Decrease US$ -8 million (2015)[2]
Total assets Decrease US$ 10.20 billion (2015)[2]
Total equity Decrease US$ 2.92 billion (2015)[2]
Number of employees
70,000 (Q2, 2015)[2]
Subsidiaries CSC India, Computer Sciences Raytheon
CSC's branch office in El Segundo, California, USA

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) is an American multinational corporation that provides information technology (IT) services and professional services.[2] Its headquarters are located in Falls Church, Virginia. CSC has 74,000 employees in over 70 countries. Its clients include commercial enterprises and the U.S. federal government, as well as state, local and non-U.S. government agencies.[3]

In September 2009, when Xerox acquired Affiliated Computer Services,[4] CSC became the only remaining major "hardware vendor independent" IT service provider with headquarters and major operations in the U.S.[5]

CSC has been a Fortune 500 Company since 1995, ranked 185 in the 2014 rankings.[6] The company also figures in the Forbes Global 2000 list.[7]


CSC was founded in April 1959 in Los Angeles, California, by Roy Nutt and Fletcher Jones.[8] CSC initially provided programming tools such as compiler and assembling software.[9]

In the 1960s, CSC provided software writing services to major computer manufacturers like IBM and Honeywell and secured their first contracts for the U.S. public sector with NASA (among others).[9]

By 1963, CSC became the largest software company in the United States and the first software company to be listed on the American Stock Exchange.[10] By the end of 1968, CSC was listed on the New York Stock Exchange and had operations in Canada, India, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Italy, Brazil, and the Netherlands.

In the 1970s and 1980s, CSC expanded globally winning large contracts for the finance and defense industries and through acquisitions in Europe and Australia.

Since its beginnings in 1959, company headquarters had been in California. On March 29, 2008, the corporate headquarters of the company were relocated from El Segundo, California, to Annandale, Virginia.[11][12] CSC has been a Fortune 500 Company since 1995,[13] coming in at 162 in the 2012 rankings.[14]

In May 2015, CSC announced plans to split the public sector business from its commercial and international business.[15] On August 31, 2015, it was announced that CSC Government Services would merge with SRA International to form a new company as of the end of November 2015.[16] In December 2015, business technology and services provider, Xchanging, agreed to be purchased by CSC.[17]


CSC employs about 70,000 employees (as of March 24, 2015) in 70 countries and ranks among the leading IT service providers in the world.[18][19][20] Geographically, CSC has major operations throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.[3]

The company operates in three broad service lines or sectors:[3]

The company has made several acquisitions, including DynCorp in 2003[24][25] and Covansys Corporation in 2007.[26]

Awards/ Recognition[edit]

  • In September 2012, CSC was ranked 8th in Software Magazine’s Software 500 ranking of the world’s largest software and service providers.[27]


  • In June 2013, Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, a Select Committee of the British House of Commons, described CSC as a "rotten company providing a hopeless system" with reference to their multibillion-pound contract to deliver the National Programme for IT Lorenzo contract.[28]
  • In December 2011, the non-partisan organization Public Campaign criticized CSC for spending $4.39 million on lobbying and not paying any taxes during 2008–2010, instead getting $305 million in tax rebates, despite making a profit of $1.67 billion.[29]
  • In February 2011, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) launched a fraud investigation into CSC’s accounting practices in Denmark and Australian business. CSC's CFO Mike Mancuso confirmed that accounting errors and intentional misconduct by certain personnel in Australia prompted SEC regulators to turn their gaze to Australia. Mancuso also stated that the alleged misconduct includes $19 million in both intentional accounting irregularities and unintentional accounting errors.[30]
  • The company has been accused of breaching human rights by arranging several illegal rendition flights for the CIA between 2003 and 2006, which also has led to criticism of shareholders of the company, including the governments of Norway and Britain.[31][32]
  • The company has engaged in a high number of activities that have resulted in legal action against it. These are:
    1. Millions of visas allowing foreigners to enter Britain are being issued by CSC rather than by British diplomats.[33]
    2. CSC was one of the contractors hired by the Internal Revenue Service to modernize its tax-filing system. They told the IRS it would meet a January 2006 deadline, but failed to do so, leaving the IRS with no system capable of detecting fraud. Its failure to meet the delivery deadline for developing an automated refund fraud detection system cost the IRS between $200 million and $300 million.[34]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Management and Board of Directors". Computer Sciences Corporation. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "CSC Annual Report". Google. 
  3. ^ a b c "Computer Sciences Corporation, Form 10-K, Annual Report, Filing Date May 15, 2013". Retrieved Dec 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Affiliated Computer Services, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Sep 29, 2009" (PDF). Retrieved Mar 29, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Xerox In $6.4 Billion ACS Buy: Xerox will pay cash and stock to acquire IT and business process outsourcer Affiliated Computer Services". Information Week. September 28, 2009. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Fortune 500". Fortune. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  7. ^ "The World’s Biggest Public Companies". Forbes. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Our History". CSC web site. Retrieved June 1, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "CSC, History". 
  10. ^ "History in the Computing Curriculum" (PDF). Retrieved November 21, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Computer Sciences Corporation, Form 10-Q, Quarterly Report, Filing Date Feb 6, 2008". Retrieved Mar 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Computer Sciences Corporation, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Mar 31, 2008". Retrieved Mar 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ "FORTUNE 500: Companies by year C". CNN. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Fortune 500 - Fortune". Fortune. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Exclusive: Computer Sciences prepares to break itself up - sources". Reuters. 14 May 2015. Retrieved 21 May 2015. 
  16. ^ "CSC to Combine Government Services Unit with SRA Upon Separation from CSC; Combination will Create Leading Pure-Play Government I.T. Business in the U.S.". CSC. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Computer Sciences Corporation to buy Xchanging in £480m deal". Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  18. ^ "Magic Quadrant for End-User Outsourcing Services, North America, 26 August 2014". Gartner, Inc. Retrieved November 25, 2014. [dead link]
  19. ^ "The Top Companies in the IT Services Industry (2009)". Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Top 10 IT Service Providing Companies". Retrieved November 25, 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "Supplier profile: CSC". Computer Weekly. 
  22. ^ "CSC Wins $59 Million Task Order From FBI to Provide Call Center". Bloomberg. 
  23. ^ "Computer weekly Supplier Profile : CSC" (PDF). CSC’s outsourcing journey has brought it full circle. p. 3. 
  24. ^ "Computer Sciences Corporation, Form 8-K, Current Report, Filing Date Dec 13, 2002". Retrieved Mar 29, 2013. 
  25. ^ Computer Sciences Corporation Completes Acquisition of DynCorp
  26. ^ CSC completes acquisition of Covansys
  27. ^ "CSC Named to Software Magazine’s 30th Annual Software 500". Computer Sciences Corporation. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  28. ^ Brewster, Tom, NHS To Spend £2.2bn On ‘Rotten’ CSC NPfIT Work, techweekeurope 
  29. ^ Portero, Ashley. "30 Major U.S. Corporations Paid More to Lobby Congress Than Income Taxes, 2008-2010". International Business Times. Archived from the original on 26 December 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2011. 
  30. ^ Nebojsa Despotovic (13 November 2011). "CSC Accounting Fraud Extends to Australia - BizCloud® Network". BizCloud® Network. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  31. ^ Computer Sciences Corporation torture link challenges Norway's ethical reputation
  32. ^ Rupert Neate. "Lloyds owns stake in US firm accused over CIA torture flights". the Guardian. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  33. ^ "Revealed: US firm issues British visas... and MPs were not told". Mail Online. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 
  34. ^ "Obamacare Contractors Plagued by Previous Failures, Fines, Fraud". Newsmax. Retrieved 2 July 2015. 

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