WASHINGTON, 28 March 2011. NASA has selected Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) of McLean, Va., for the NASA Integrated Communications Services (NICS) contract. SAIC will support NASA's Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for corporate and mission communications, including local area network management at all NASA centers. Functions include corporate and mission enterprise services, center and associated component facility services, infrastructure projects, and contract management services.
The contract is a follow-on effort for numerous agency and center contracts, including the Unified NASA Information Technology Services (UNITeS) contract and portions of Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA contracts.
SAIC won a purchase order from NASA for phase-in activities through May 31to transition from existing contracts to NICS. The NICS contract is part of the NASA Information Technology Infrastructure Integration Program, also known as I3P, managed by the agency's CIO. It includes a three-year base period, followed by one two-year option, one three-year option, and one two-year option period. The options can be exercised at NASA's discretion.
The NICS contract is a cost-plus-award-fee/incentive-fee contract, with an indefinite- delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) feature. The base award of this contract is $340 million. The maximum potential value of this contract if all options are exercised, including the maximum IDIQ value, is $1.3 billion.