Doing Business With The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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NOAA Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher

Tom Pyke, Acting Chief Information Officer

Web site:

Hometown: Arlington, Va.

Home now: Arlington, Va.

Family: Married, has two children

Hobbies: Reading, listening to good music, ham radio

Latest book read: "John Adams," by David McCullough

Alma mater: Pyke holds a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and a master of science in engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Pyke is the CIO for the Commerce Department, a job he took in October 2001. He will leave the NOAA CIO post this April after a permanent CIO is appointed.

What do you look for in companies that do business with NOAA?
Responsiveness to our stated needs, first-class products and services that help us take advantage of leading-edge technology (but not bleeding-edge technology!), and good value to the government.

What gets your attention with a contractor?

Great performance ... or terrible performance.

What are your biggest contractor gripes?

As CIO, my job is to help Commerce and NOAA make effective use of information technology in carrying out our agency missions. I have found that the most effective contractors are those that support this big picture point of view while concentrating on specific tasks, rather than just contributing piecemeal to our projects and programs. Address

14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20230

(301) 482-4000

Founded: 1970

Administrator: Conrad Lautenbacher

What it does: NOAA is the nation's weather forecaster. It monitors and warns of dangerous weather, charts the seas and skies, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources. It conducts research and gathers information about the environment, oceans, atmosphere and space.

Major subagencies: NOAA is part of the Commerce Department. It oversees five organizations: the National Weather Service; National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service; National Marine Fisheries; National Ocean Service; and NOAA Research. There are numerous special program units. NOAA Corps is a commissioned officer corps that operates NOAA ships and aircraft, serves in scientific and administrative posts and supports research and operations.Budget:

$3.3 billion requested in 2003

$3.1 billion in 2002

$2.9 billion in 2001

Based on contract obligations for fourth quarter fiscal 2000 through third quarter fiscal 2001.

1. Emhart Corp.$34.6M

2. RS Information Systems Inc.$12.6M

3. Northrop Grumman Corp.$10M

4. Information Manufacturing Corp. $9M

5. Systems Research Group Inc.$6.1M

Source: Input Inc.
• In the 2003 NOAA budget request, $25.2 million is slated for homeland security. This includes almost $10 million to expand ocean charting for safe movement through U.S. seaports, and $7.2 million for backups to the National Weather Service's weather and climate supercomputer. There is also almost $80 million for a tri-agency polar environmental satellite program that involves NOAA, NASA and the Defense Department.

• NOAA's IT Electronic Store (, is an online source for NOAA employees needing anything IT, from computers to servers to training. A good place to become familiar with what the agency uses would be the site map. Especially check out "Government Contacts." That is where I found contracting officer Diane Husereau ( Replacement and Modernization

Value: $1.5 billion

Purpose: An umbrella program under which various contractors are providing data acquisition and scientific computing systems to replace and modernize NOAA's 22-vessel research fleet.

Supercomputer Class VIII

Value: $42 million

Awarded: October 1998

Purpose: IBM provides NOAA with scientific computing systems.

High Performance Computing Systems

Value: $34 million

Awarded: September 2000

Purpose: NOAA's Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research has a requirement for a high-performance computing system to enhance the computing capabilities at the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory in Plainsboro, N.J. Contract won by Raytheon Co.

Source: Input
Central Satellite Data Processing

Value: $35 million

RFP expected: October 2003

Purpose: NOAA needs a contractor to assist in managing and maintaining IT systems, managing the software documentation library, and providing workstation and network administration support for the Central Environmental Satellite Computer Systems Information Processing Division. Computer Sciences Corp. holds the incumbent contract.

Potential bidders: CSC, Bitco Enterprises Inc.

Information Technology Support Services

Value: $24 million

RFP expected: February 2003

Purpose: The National Weather Service has a need for IT support services, such as hardware and software maintenance, call center and network support. RS Information Systems Inc. holds the incumbent contract, which is an 8(a) set- aside.

Potential bidders: NIS Computers and Communications

Services to Support NOAA's National Climatic Data Center

Value: $23 million

RFP expected: January 2003

Purpose: Outsourcing of services such as hardware maintenance and data center operations. STG Inc. holds the incumbent contract.

Potential bidders include: Boeing Co., Booz-Allen Hamilton Inc., CACI International Inc., CSC, EG&G Inc.,
Science Applications International Corp. and TRW Inc.

Source: Input

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