SAIC cornering NASA headquarters biz
- By Paula Shaki Trimble
- May 02, 2000
A $54 million contract awarded to Science Applications International Corp.
for information technology services gives the company all the IT business
at NASA's Washington, D.C., headquarters.
The award of the Information Technology Systems, Engineering and Management
(ISEM) contract complements an earlier award to SAIC to provide desktop
maintenance and services at NASA headquarters, said Brian Dunbar, an agency
spokesman. NASA announced the award Monday.
SAIC previously held the Information Resources Management and Services contract
at NASA, which is now split into the Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for
NASA and ISEM contracts, Dunbar said. SAIC was awarded the ODIN contract
for NASA headquarters in January.
Under ISEM, the company also will provide Internet support, applications
development, user services, information management, systems engineering
and integration, telecommunication services, and security for all NASA headquarters
offices. SAIC will be responsible for NASA's home page, the NASA headquarters
home page and NASA's strategic enterprises' home pages.
ODIN is a contract vehicle administered by NASA that offers any agency the
opportunity to choose from seven preselected vendors. In another move to
streamline the contracting process, NASA chose the ISEM vendor by placing
a task order through an existing Transportation Department contract. Vendors
that had already been qualified at DOT were allowed to make competitive
bids on the NASA task order.
SAIC's contract is initially for one year, with options for four more years.
Opportunities to add services to the task order could mean an extra $36
million to $46 million for SAIC.