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Michael Mewhinney                                                                Oct. 9, 2003

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.                           

Phone: 650/604-3937 or 650/604-9000

E-mail: Michael.Mewhinney@nasa.gov


RELEASE: 03-78AR

NASA Awards Contract For Information Technology Services

NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., has awarded a new five-year contract valued at approximately  $281.5 million (including options) to QSS Group Inc., Lanham, Md., to provide for reliable and cost-effective information technology services.

The cost-plus-incentive-fee contract contains an initial period of performance of one year and four one-year options. The solicitation was issued via the Department of Transportation's Information Technology Omnibus Procurement II contract. The Applied Information Technology Division at Ames will manage the contract.

Under the terms of the contract, QSS Group Inc. will provide center-wide information technology services in support of information technology systems and facilities, network communications, business systems, scientific computing and outreach informational systems.

QSS Group will be responsible for providing products and services to maintain a stable, efficient and productive computer system and computing environment at Ames. Included will be system software maintenance and updates, computing and communication security, and repair and replacement of computer hardware and software modules, applications and systems.

QSS will also maintain Ames' information-technology software applications; data storage and retrieval; network communications; audio, video and voice communication systems; and wireless communications; and provide customer support. The contractor will also be responsible for disseminating information technology to internal and external customers via Ames' websites and web applications and information-technology-based data systems.

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