Lockheed extends its IT services work at NASA

Contract extension calls for continued servicing of NASA’s Outsourcing Desktop Initiative

Lockheed Martin Corp. will continue providing a host of hardware and software services to NASA under a contract extension that has an estimated value of $230 million.

The extension calls for the company to continue servicing NASA’s Outsourcing Desktop Initiative (ODIN) at the space agency’s headquarters and all major NASA centers.

Work performed under the ODIN master contract and center delivery orders include desktop hardware and software, personal digital assistants, telephone operations, network services, information technology security and other services.

The ODIN program is designed to outsource NASA’s desktop computing environment, according to a NASA statement on the agency's Web site.

It was designed to develop a long-term outsourcing arrangement with the commercial sector, transferring to it the responsibility and risk for providing and managing the vast majority of NASA’s desktop, server, and intra-center communication assets and services as the agency downsides and refocuses IT personnel to NASA’s core missions.

ODIN includes hardware and software acquisition, as well as maintenance, helpdesk, and other ancillary support services for general purpose workstations for NASA employees and on-site contractors.

The ODIN effort is led by the NASA Shared Services Center working closely with representatives from the other agency centers and NASA headquarters.

The ODIN modification is a phased extension that will begin this month and continue through Oct. 31, 2011, according to a Lockheed announcement.

Lockheed Martin, of Bethesda, Md., ranks No. 1 on Washington Technology’s 2009 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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