NGA Support Contract Transferred to Ball

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Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., will assume responsibility for an information technology contract with the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) that originally was awarded to another company, OGSystems.

Ball officials announced the contract transfer in a press release Feb. 15. Officials did not disclose the value of the deal.

In February 2010, OGSystems of Chantilly, Va., was one of 14 bidders to win a piece of a $1 billion contract under the NGA’s Total Application Services for Enterprise Requirements program, known as TASER.

The TASER contract includes evaluating, integrating and operating new technology for the National System for Geospatial Intelligence, Reishia Kelsey, a spokesman for the NGA, wrote in an email. The NGA provides satellite imagery, maps and other geospatial services to U.S. military forces and intelligence organizations.

Ball Aerospace’s Systems Engineering Solutions business unit will handle the work, according to Ball’s release. The company said it will use its experience in data exploitation, test validation and systems engineering for the job.

Kelsey said the deal “was a business decision between the two companies and was not initiated by NGA.”

OGSystems selected a handful of businesses to approach about the acquisition, said John Song, a director at Houlihan Lokey, an investment banking firm that advised OGSystems on the deal.

On its website, OGSystems reports having 18 federal government contracts with agencies including NGA, the National Reconnaissance Office and others in the intelligence community.

Ball Aerospace spokeswoman Roz Brown declined to provide additional details about the contract. OGSystems did not return phone calls seeking comment.