IT Inside Track: New federal projects

NOAA seeks bandwidth upgrade

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is looking for information about satellite bandwidth options to replace its Inmarsat Satellite System.

Agency vessels use the system in a dial-up mode for voice, data and file transfer.
NOAA wants an always-on or always-available system that will provide a minimum of 128 Kbps bandwidth.

It also wants the ability to lease sufficient bandwidth that up to four vessels can share automatically. The agency will consider sending raw data to shore rather than processing it aboard vessels.
Responses are due by March 28. Contact Melissa Sampson at melissa.r.sampson@

Commerce wants access controls

The Commerce Department wants solutions for controlled access by card readers at all entrances to the Herbert C. Hoover Building in Washington. New reader technology will be installed at two garages, five entrances and seven turnstiles.

Constructed in 1932, the building is covered under the National Historic Preservation Act of 1996, so there are historic issues to be considered and asbestos concerns regarding work done in the building.

Responses are due by March 31. Contact Chiara Alsop at

Spawar needs satellite service

The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in Charleston, S.C., wants non-pre-emptable telecommunications services for the U.S. Antarctic Program, including a C-Band satellite in the Pacific Ocean Region, teleport services and terrestrial circuits.

The vendor must transition the new service from the existing provider; perform service transition testing and certification; offer end-to-end connectivity; supply all services necessary to operate the teleport equipment; and pay all fees associated with operating the teleport equipment.

The contract is for one year and four one-year options. Responses are due by April 4. Contact Joanne Banks at

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