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GSA Administers Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA

GSA #9514

September 14, 1998
Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231

Washington, DC -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is administering the National Air and Space Administration's (NASA) Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA (ODIN) contract for all other Federal government agencies. The ODIN contract is considered a Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) and is available to any agency authorized to use a GWAC. The ODIN contract has a maximum value of $13 million over nine years. This multiple award, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract was awarded to seven prime contractors:

* FDC Technologies Inc.
* Wang Government Services, Inc.
* OAO Corporation
* DynCorp
* Boeing Information Services Inc.
* RMS Information Services Inc.
* Computer Science Corporation

ODIN provides Federal information technology (IT) managers the opportunity to outsource the complete life cycle support of their desktop computing environments. With ODIN, the total cost of ownership becomes a manageable, quantifiable entity. ODIN, along with GSA's recently awarded Seat Management contact, provides an opportunity for the Federal customer to adopt the highly successful commercial sector method of managing IT assets. GSA fully supports this seat management concept as a viable solution to procure desktop computing as a pure non-owned service.

With ODIN, the customer defines the computer and communications capabilities of each job within the organization and purchases a particular bundle of hardware, software, and communications for each seat. The price for each seat is fixed. The ODIN contract provides the full spectrum of desktop computing resources from general purpose to high performance, scientific and engineering environments. The goals of ODIN are to allow the customer to measure investments in desktop computers, share risks with the private sector, improve service delivery, and free staff to perform core mission-critical work.

Individual task orders are competed among and awarded to one of the seven prime ODIN contractors. A procurement can be completed within as little as 60 days from the time the customer provides an inventory of their existing IT assets. Task orders can be awarded for up to three years of service. Additional three-year task orders can be awarded to the incumbent contractor or competed among all seven primes. GSA can issue and administer task orders, or agencies can have direct access to the ODIN contract.

Each ODIN "seat" has a pre-defined set of "standard" services included in the price of each seat, including hardware and software, installation, maintenance, and technology refreshment. Standard services also include such systems administration functions as relocation, networking access, customer support and training. If the standard services do not meet the customer's requirements, optional service levels can be ordered at an additional price. In addition, separately priced additional services are available through ODIN. This includes remote communications services, server services, telephone, fax, administrative radio, and local video.

For more information on the ODIN contract, contact Iris Faltz at (703) 756-4210 or Juanita Harvey at (703) 756-4188.