NASA launches $4.5 billion dollar information technology consolidation project

NASA Brian Dunbar

NASA’s Brian Dunbar says the agency transferred nearly 1.4 petabytes of data from its Web sites in 2008.

NASA kicked off a grand plan on Dec. 4 to transform the way it manages information technology by issuing the first of five contracts totaling $4.5 billion that it plans to release during the next few months.

According to procurement documents for the Web Enterprises Services and Technology contract, NASA will buy services to create, maintain and manage public Web sites, primarily the agency’s main site, The agency also plans to purchase other Web services, including content management, search engines, and collaborative tools such as blogs and wikis.

The WEST contract is one of five pacts that make up the Infrastructure Integration Program (I3P), which NASA will use to consolidate the IT work now performed under more than 20 contracts agencywide. Deborah Diaz, formerly deputy chief information officer at the Patent and Trademark Office, oversees I3P.

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