NWS award will shore up buoy network

The National Weather Service has awarded a $500 million contract to Science Applications International Corp. to provide technical support for the National Data Buoy Center, the company announced earlier this month. The contract is for five years with five option years.

Under the single-award task order contract, SAIC of San Diego will operate and maintain the Marine Observation Network, a collection of offshore buoys and coastal stations. The company will provide engineering, operational, logistical and IT support to operate and maintain the network.

SAIC will deliver real-time environmental data to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service.

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