The NASA Ames Research Center, one of NASA's ten field centers, has awarded Booz Allen Hamilton an almost $35 million five year contract to supports its efforts maintaining and improving the safety, security and performance of the National Airspace System and National Rail System.
Founded in 1958, NASA focuses on exploring space, for which it has spent the past more than 50 years developing a range of technologies. Aside from reaching the moon, and other celestial bodies, the organisation has broadened humanities cultural heritage outside the confines of the planet. One of the organisation's key research and innovation centres in the Ames Research Center (ARC), situated in the heart of Silicon Valley. The centre was formed in 1939, being absorbed into NASA following its formation two decades later. The centre provides a range of research focuses, from information technology, aerospace and aeronautics, to in space, earth, lunar and biological sciences.
An additional critical function of the ARC is maintaining and improving the safety, security and performance of the US National Airspace System (NAS) and National Rail System (NRS). NASA, through the ARC, provides oversight, operations and maintenance for a number of independent, confidential incident reporting programmes and associated data. To support its efforts, NASA ARC has awarded Booz Allen Hamilton a $33.9 million Cost Plus-Fixed Fee Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract – a billing form commonly used by the US government when it cannot predetermine, above a specified minimum, the precise quantities of supplies or services that it will require during the contract period.
The deal, which spans five years, sees Booz Allen Hamilton works with the ARC to analyse incidents, hazard reports as well as collected safety data provided and developed by the Aviation Safety Reporting System (ASRS) and Confidential Close Call Reporting System (C3RS). In addition, the firm will maintain and manage the ASRS and C3RS systems, with a focus on confidentiality and security of collected information.
Paul Chi, Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton, remarks on the project, "Having supported the ASRS since 2004, we are thrilled to have been chosen for this engagement and believe that this decision is a testament to the work we've completed thus far." He adds, "We look forward to leveraging our expertise in everything from data security to safety hazard report management to achieve the all-important goal of improving aviation and rail safety for the public."