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Could a small business keep AWIPS in order?

Jan. 16, 2014 - 08:53PM   |  
By MICHAEL HARDY   |   Comments

A small business might be able to provide operations and maintenance services for the Advanced Weather Processing System, the “cornerstone IT system” that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service use to gather, analyze and disseminate weather data.

NOAA filed a request for information on Jan. 16 to gather more understanding of the capabilities that small businesses could bring to the challenge. NWS meteorologists and other scientists use AWIPS around the clock, every day of the year, according to the document.

Potential contractors must demonstrate experience in “round-the-clock operations and maintenance of hardware, software, communications, and experience in providing architecture improvement services for a large system contract,” according to the solicitation.

They also must show experience with security assessments that are suitable for a Federal Information Security Management Act High system. Those are just two of the seven specifications laid out in the RFI.

Responses are due by Feb. 3.

Related: Read the RFI.

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