NASA extends services pact

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center

NASA has decided to purchase the option on an existing contract with Computer Sciences Corp. for information services for the space agency's centers and facilities.

The option on the Program Information Systems Mission Service (Prisms) is valued at $108 million and extends the existing Prisms contract through April 30, 2002.

The option is the last of six that were included in the contract, originally awarded to CSC in 1994. It brings the total value of the Prisms contract to about $950 million.

Prisms includes support for NASA computer systems, applications software, telephone systems and audio/visual services. It also includes support for information management systems at the agency's Automated Data Processing Consolidation Center at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.

Meanwhile, NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., has awarded a contract for research and development in modeling and simulation of rotorcraft.

Illgen Simulation Technologies Inc., Goleta, Calif. won the five-year, performance-based task order valued at $45 million.

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Christopher J. Dorobek is the co-anchor of Federal News Radio’s afternoon drive program, The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, and the founder, publisher and editor of the, a leading blog for the Federal IT community.

Dorobek joined Federal News Radio in 2008 with 16 years of experience covering government issues with an emphasis on government information technology. Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Dorobek was editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week, the leading news magazine for government IT decision-makers and the flagship of the 1105 Government Information Group portfolio of publications. As editor-in-chief, Dorobek served as a member of the senior leadership team at 1105 Government Information Group, providing daily editorial direction and management for FCW magazine,, Government Health IT and its other editorial products.

Dorobek joined FCW in 2001 as a senior reporter and assumed increasing responsibilities, becoming managing editor and executive editor before being named editor-in-chief in 2006. Prior to joining FCW, Dorobek was a technology reporter at, one of the first online community centers for current and former government employees. He also spent five years at Government Computer News, another leading industry publication, covering a variety of federal IT-related issues.

Dorobek is a frequent speaker on issues involving the government IT industry, and has appeared as a frequent contributor to NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Today program. He began his career as a reporter at the Foster’s Daily Democrat, a daily newspaper in Dover, N.H. He is a graduate of the University of Southern California. He lives in Washington, DC.


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