Two federal contractors get high software ratings

Two federal contractors get high software ratings

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

MARCH 27'Two federal systems integrators have earned elite ratings in the Capability Maturity Model for software development processes.

Litton PRC of McLean, Va., has reached a Level 5 rating'the highest level'in the CMM, said Randy Belote, media relations director for parent company Litton Industries Inc. A spokesman for OAO Corp. of Greenbelt, Md., said its Information Systems Group has achieved a Level 4 CMM rating.

The Software Engineering Institute, a federally funded R&D center at Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University, developed the CMM to measure maturity levels of organizations' software development processes. Both companies achieved their ratings through independent audits conducted by SEI licensees, not by the SEI itself.

Litton PRC received its Level 5, or 'optimal,' rating for work related to a dozen federal projects, including the National Weather Service's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System [see story at www.gcn.com/vol18_no23/news/298-1.html] and a health records system for the Defense Department, Belote said.

OAO achieved its Level 4, or 'managed,' rating for work done on the Environmental Protection Agency's Air Quality System, the Coast Guard's Fleet Logistics System, several General Services Administration projects and an OAO product known as the Applications Program Interface Generator, said Larry McGovern, chairman of OAO's Software Process Engineering Group. The Guard recently decided not to continue its FLS contract with OAO [see story at www.gcn.com/vol19_no5/news/1467-1.html], primarily because of a lack of funding.

According to SEI, only 1.8 percent of organizations that use the CMM have achieved Level 5, and 4.8 percent have achieved Level 4.

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