NASA: Computational and Information Science and Technology Office - Scientific and Technical Services

Description
NASA/GSFC plans to issue a Draft Request for Proposal (DRFP) for High Performance Computing (HPC) and data systems and services for the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) for general support services for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Computational and Information Science and Technology Office (CISTO). This is a competitive follow-on contract to GSA task orders NNG09HP07D and NNG09HP11D and will also encompass work currently provided under contracts NNG09DA02C, NNG06EB68C, NNG06HX04C, and NNG09HP06Z.
The following is a list of objectives designed to meet the mission and vision of CISTO and NCCS.
1. Provide high-end computing and data systems and services designed to meet the needs of the NASA scientific and engineering communities. 2. Provide a rapid response to changing science and engineering requirements as well as the changing technology needed to best meet those requirements. 3. Evolve the focus from data centric services to knowledge centric services that enable the use of NASA observational and model data in new and innovative ways. 4. Provide a complete set of support services from low-level system administration to high-level application support for the NASA scientific and engineering communities. 5. Sustain a rich and robust operational environment with a high level of operational availability and capability. 6. Push the envelope of systems and services within CISTO and the NCCS to open new and more efficient methods for modeling, data analytics, collections management, and distribution. 7. Constantly look for the best value solutions for the Government through the use of commodity components, open source software, partnerships, and competitive procurements.
The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. This procurement will be a full and open competition. All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.
The anticipated release date of the DRFP is on or about February 08, 2012. This competitive procurement will result in a Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. The Government intends to perform the evaluation in accordance with FAR Part 15.

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