The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

September 19, 2013

Vance AFB contractor gets $71.1 million contract modification

Staff reports
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Earlier this week the Pentagon issued a contract modification worth $71.1 million to the lead civilian contractor at Vance Air Force Base.

The contract was awarded to Computer Science Corp.’s Applied Technologies subsidiary, to provide base-operating support and aircraft maintenance at Vance until Sept. 30, 2014.

 In May, the sale of CSC’s Applied Technologies division to PAE was announced. That sale was completed in July.

CSC was awarded the Vance contract in February 2008, with a six-month base period and six one-year options. The contract totaled $482 million.

The 2008 award was protested by DynCorp International, but the Government Accountability Office dismissed the protest, awarding the contract to CSC.

That contract replaced a seven-year, $392.7 million deal awarded in July 2000. At that time, DynCorp Technical Services took over from long-standing contractor Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman appealed, but the pact was upheld by GAO, then known as General Accounting Office, in November 2000.

CSC purchased DynCorp Technical Services for $950 million in December 2002. CSC sold DynCorp’s international and selected technical services to Veritas Capital Inc. for $850 million in December 2004, but that sale didn’t affect any of CSC’s operations at Vance.

Under the contract, CSC and its subcontractors are responsible for support and maintenance of most base functions at Vance.

In addition, CSC will maintain the T-6, T-38 and T-1A aircraft and associated support equipment at the base.

Vance was the first Air Force training base to use civilian contractors for support functions, ranging from aircraft maintenance to landscaping.

Serv-Air became the first contractor at Vance in 1960, followed in 1972 by Northrop Worldwide Aircraft Services, later Northrop Grumman.

CSC has approximately 800 employees at Vance.