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NASA Chooses GSA for Supercomputers Again

December 20, 2007

GSA # 10437

Contact: Viki Reath (202) 501-1231
viki.reath@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration announced Wednesday that GSA has earned repeat business from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and will provide NASA scientists and engineers with state-of-the-art tools they need to continue their research on global climate change and other critical issues.

GSA will supply supercomputers and services to the NASA Center for Computational Sciences (NCCS), located at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., under a five-year contract with Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) of El Segundo, Calif. The GSA Millennia Contract task order has an estimated value of $113 million.

The supercomputers and services NASA ordered recently through GSA are similar to those GSA provided for NASA research that supported the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which received a 2007 Nobel Peace prize for publicizing the expected effects of climate change.

“We are thrilled to be able to assist NASA scientists in their mission of service to the American people,” said Administrator Lurita Doan. “This is precisely the reason GSA was created -- to provide goods and services at best value, so that our client agencies can focus exclusively on their core missions." 

GSA’s Federal Systems Integration Management Center (FEDSIM) signed the agreement with CSC on Nov. 9.  FEDSIM offers world-class, large-scale information technology solutions to agencies, at best value to government and taxpayers. It is housed in the GSA Office of Assisted Acquisition Services.

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Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government.  GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 205,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know? GSA FEDSIM added more than $1.2 billion in client projects to its portfolio in FY 2007.