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Lee Holcomb

Lee Holcomb, Chief information officer

Took the job: Oct. 22, 1997

Web site:

Hometown: Los Angeles

Home now: Fairfax Station, Va.

Alma Matter: Holcomb holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of California-Los Angeles, a masters of science degree from the California Institute of Technology, and a MBA from a Sloan Fellowship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Family: Married, one child

Last book read: "The Bear and the Dragon" by Tom Clancy

Favorite things to do when not at work: "I play a lot of tennis."

What do you look for in companies that do business with NASA?
I think best value, in the proposition. Depending on the particular area, we are oftentimes looking at someone leading edge. Typically we like new entrants to a market, but those with some track record.

What gets your attention with a contractor?
Depends on what you're purchasing. For major operations, we look for a proven track record, a history of performance.

What are you biggest contractor gripes?
I think honesty is extremely important. Whatever a contractor brings forward must be fair representation of the position. Where a contractor doesn't do well is when you get into latter stages of effort and find they have really overstated or misstated what they can deliver.Budget: $14 billion in 2001

Total portion for IT: $1 billion

Spending projections: $2 billion in 2002

Biggest changes of late: Administrator Daniel Golden resigned in November 2001 after almost 10 years at the agency's helm, the longest- serving administrator to date. He was known for his "faster, better, cheaper" management approach. Mulville is the acting administrator until Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Sean O'Keefe is sworn in this month.Based on contract obligations for third quarter fiscal 2000 through second quarter fiscal 2001.

United Space Alliance LLC$1.6 billion
Lockheed Martin Corp.$719.7 million
Boeing Co.$158.7 million
Computer Sciences Corp.$131.5 million
QSS Group Inc.$86.4 million
Swales and Associates Inc.$64.7 million
Raytheon Co.$55.2 million
OAO Corp.$50.9 million
SAIC$38.0 million
Intellisource Information Systems$31.4 million
Source: Input
Can online acquisition get any easier than this? NASA has a policy of preparing what it calls an acquisition forecast, spelling out what contracting opportunities it expects for the next fiscal year, and what and where that business is. Go to:

The CIO's office has a very good Web site replete with details about the office, its responsibilities, laws and regulations affecting IT at NASA, procurement contracting officers and more. Go to: and surf.

Still don't have enough info? Go to and click on "Doing Business With NASA." The link will take you straight to the NASA Office of Procurement homepage.Outsourcing Desktop Initiative

Value: $13 billion, awarded June 1998

Purpose: Outsourcing of desktop services, including hardware, software and support.

Winners: SAIC, CSC, DynCorp, Northrop Grumman Corp., Lockheed Martin Corp., Affiliated Computer Services Inc., Getronics Government Services

Joint Base Operations and Support

Value: $5 billion, awarded August 1998

Purpose: Base operations and support at the Kennedy Space Center and 45th Space Wing

Winner: Space Gateway Support, a joint venture of Northrop Grumman and ICF Kaiser

Scientific and Engineering

Workstation Procurement III

Value: $4 billion, awarded July 2001

Purpose: Procure, support high performance workstations
Winners: Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard, Government Micro Resources, GTSI, IBM, Northrop Grumman, SGI and Unisys

Consolidated Space Operations

Value: $3.4 billion, awarded September 1998

Purpose: Manage and support space operations at Johnson Space Center

Winner: United Space Alliance, a Lockheed Martin-Boeing joint venture.

Engineering Test and Analysis Support

Value: $2.8 billion, awarded December 1993

Purpose: Personnel, equipment, management and materials to support the Johnson Space Center's flight laboratories

Winner: Lockheed Martin Corp.

Source: Input

Science, Engineering, Analysis and Test Contract

Value: $2.8 billion    RFP: June 2003

Purpose: Support for manned space flight, space and life sciences systems at Johnson Space Center

Program Information Systems Mission Services (PRISM II)

Value: $1 billion    RFP: Jan. 1, 2002

Purpose: Support services for Marshall Space Flight Center
Multidisciplinary Development Support Services

Value: $275 million

Purpose: Systems engineering, unit testing, on-orbit operations, post-mission activities at Goddard Space Flight Center

Systems Analysis and Mission Support

Value: $240 million   RFP: Oct. 15, 2004

Purpose: Systems analysis and mission support services for Langley Research Center

Source: Input

NASA headquarters

300 E St. SW

Washington, DC 20024-3210

(202) 358-0000

Founded: 1958

Administrator: Daniel Mulville, acting; Sean O'Keefe, nominated Nov. 14.

Employees: 17,700

What it does: NASA's mission is to advance the exploration, use and development of space, expand scientific knowledge of the Earth, the solar system and the universe, and research, develop and transfer advanced aeronautics, space and related technologies.

Major subagencies: Nine field centers nationwide, the contractor-operated Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Wallops Flight Facility.

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