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NASA extends Prisms

NASA has awarded a $100.6 million contract extension to Computer Sciences Corp. to continue providing information technology services to the space agency's centers and facilities.

CSC won the Program Information Systems Mission Services (Prisms) task order in 1994. The add-on extends its work through April 30, 2003. During the same period, NASA plans to initiate a full and open recompetition of Prisms.

Under the contract, CSC supports NASA computer systems, applications software, telephone systems, audio and visual services, and information management systems, including NASA's Incident Response Center and its Automated Data Processing Consolidation Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.

Weldon pushes responder tech

Rep. Curt Weldon (R-Pa.) included an amendment in this year's Defense authorization bill that would enable the nation's firefighters and other emergency response personnel to use technologies developed by the Defense Department to help them do their jobs better and more safely.

Speaking last month at the International Quality and Productivity Center's Network Centric Warfare 2002 conference in Arlington, Va., Weldon said he didn't see why a firefighter shouldn't have access to thermal imaging units or other tools soldiers use on the battlefield if civilian agencies could use them to save lives.

To help put appropriate military-driven technologies in the hands of civilian personnel who need them, Weldon said he would like to establish a National Technology Transfer Center. The center would differ from the organization of the same name that is designed to help government contractors transfer their technology to the commercial market.

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