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Feb. 18, 2000

Michael Mewhinney

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

(Phone: 650/604-3937, 650/604-9000)

mmewhinney@mail.arc.nasa.gov

RELEASE: 00-12AR

NASA AMES AWARDS CONTRACT TO SUPPORT COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCES RESEARCH

NASA Ames Research Center, located in California's Silicon Valley, has awarded a new five-year contract valued at $128.3 million (including options) to QSS Group Inc., Lanham, MD, to provide support to NASA's enterprise and mission programs.

The "cost plus award fee" (CPAF) contract, contains an initial period of performance of two years valued at $24.5 million, a one-year first option and a two-year final option. The solicitation was a Small Business Administration (SBA) 8 (a) competitive set-aside.

Under the terms of the contract, QSS Group Inc., will provide support to Ames' Computational Sciences Division's mission to provide cross-cutting technologies to enable missions and programs throughout NASA's major enterprises. The company will provide support for leading-edge research in artificial intelligence, knowledge-based systems, soft computing, model-based diagnostic reasoning, fault-tolerant computing hardware and networking, integrated design, and human-centered computing.

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