NOAA 2005-051
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NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center has announced the selection of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) of San Diego, Calif., for the award of its Performance-Based Technical Services contract.

This contract is a single award, Indefinite Delivery-Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. Under the contract SAIC will provide life cycle support for NOAA’s Marine Observation Network, other buoy programs including the network of Deep Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami (DART) stations and its Data Assembly Center. Contract functions will include assembly, operation, maintenance and repair of buoy and land based environmental data collection networks; operation of the NDBC facilities; testing of existing and new buoy systems; data processing and transmissions; logistics support; quality assurance and safety; and configuration and scientific support for new technology, development and test programs.

Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast at John C. Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis, Miss., NDBC is comprised of a combination of NOAA civil service employees, U.S. Coast Guard personnel and a service contractor. Working as an integrated team, NDBC manages the development, operation and maintenance of the Marine Observation Network (MON). This team serves as NOAA’s focal point for data buoy and associated meteorological and environmental monitoring.

The MON is an integrated, sustained ocean observation and information delivery system that serves U.S. coastal waters, as well as the offshore waters of the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, the Gulf of Mexico and the Great Lakes. The MON is part of NOAA’s national backbone for marine observations. The system consists of headland and moored buoy data acquisition platforms, real-time information and processing quality control and product delivery systems. The delivery system components include moored buoys, Coastal Marine Automated Network sites, voluntary observing ships and oceanographic drifting buoys and subsurface oceanographic “floats.”

NDBC requires technical services to provide uninterrupted delivery of high quality, real-time environmental data to the operational elements of NOAA and the National Weather Service for weather and ocean forecasts and warnings, and climate variability indications and assessments. The technical services contractor is expected to provide engineering, operational, logistical and information technology support to operate and maintain the MON.

This will be a performance-based IDIQ contract with a $500 million ceiling that includes a five-year base contract with five award-term option years. The minimum guarantee for this IDIQ is $250,000.00 over the life of the contract. NDBC’s existing requirement is approximately $10 million per year. However, as the nation concentrates on improving the quality and understanding of the global ocean, NOAA has positioned itself to increase and improve its present ocean observation capability. Based on national dialogue, NDBC predicts a three-fold increase in its capability requirements in the next 10 years.

NOAA, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.

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