WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force anticipates awarding Leidos Inc. of Reston, Virginia, a $24 million contract to support the GPS directorate at Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center in Los Angeles, according to a July 18 notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website.
Leidos since 2007 has provided highly specialized technical support to the GPS positioning, navigation and timing satellite constellation, the notice said. The announcement said a new contract likely would be sole-sourced to Leidos — the former government services division of technology giant SAIC — as a six-month firm-fixed-price contract running from September 2014 to March 2015.
“Based on the limited period of performance and the required start date, it is anticipated that award to any other source would result in the Air Force incurring substantial duplication of cost that is not expected to be recovered through competition, experiencing unacceptable delays in fulfilling its requirements,” the posting said.
The work includes predicting problems and developing solutions for the GPS constellation, developing performance metrics and supporting multiple GPS systems on orbit and on the ground.