CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A) said Tuesday that its U.S. subsidiary has been awarded a US$73.2 million contract to continue modernizing three external government health websites that provide information to 44 million beneficiaries.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services chose CGI Federal for a new five-year contract, extending its relationship with CGI's Virginia-based subsidiary.

CGI will also manage and maintain the three websites.,, and receive more than 500 million page views each year.

The sites help beneficiaries to make informed decisions about their health care coverage and conduct online transactions with the services agency. The sites also support the customer support specialists who run the 1-800-Medicare help lines.

CGI Federal president George Schindler said the company will continue to bring both its health-care knowledge and technical expertise to help CMS to "deliver a transformed and modernized healthcare system."

Among the agency's requirements is to help users to locate and assess health-care facilities near them.

CGI Federal is focused on providing information technology solutions for the U.S. government agencies. It is seeking to pierce the lucrative U.S. government's defence and intelligence business with a US$903-million cash deal to buy American IT provider Stanley Inc.

Founded in 1976, Montreal-based CGI Group is one of the world's largest independent IT and business process services firms. It employs 26,000 people around the world.

On the Toronto Stock Exchange, CGI shares gained 14 cents at C$16.36 in morning trading.