ASRC Federal is a subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation, owned by approximately 13,000 Iñupiat shareholders. Through strategic acquisition, hiring and some transformational wins, ASRC Federal continues to gain momentum as a major competitor in U.S. Government contracting. Recent takeaway wins on NASA Advanced Computing Services (NACS) and NASA Kennedy Infrastructure, Applications, and Communications (KIAC), has helped further solidify the company as a formidable federal contractor.
Noteworthy Acquisitions and Subsidiaries
ASRC Federal consists of twenty subsidiaries that drive the entire Arctic Slope federal contracting business. Through these subsidiaries, ASRC Federal offers a range of services to federal civilian, intelligence, and defense agencies, including engineering, aerospace solutions, facility operations and maintenance, research and development, information technology services, and financial management.
Below, we sample and highlight some of the company’s acquisitions and subsidiaries driving its IT services.
ASRC Federal at NASA
Between 2014 and 2018, ASRC Federal realized $1.8 billion in federal contract obligations through its NASA portfolio alone. This statistic is important to understand as it greater in value than its next four agency portfolios combined. This trend is only increasing with the $1.2 billion takeaway win of NASA NACS in 2018. Figure 2 below features a breakdown of noteworthy ASRC Federal held NASA contracts.
Highlights at the Ames Research Center
- In June 2018, the NASA Ames Research Center awarded ASRC InuTeq the ten-year, $1.2 billion NASA Advanced Computing Services (NACS) contract to provide high-performance computing support across NASA’s Advanced Supercomputing mission, including modeling and simulation, data analysis and visualization, network operations and evaluating emerging technologies.
- In July 2013, NASA awarded ASRC Research & Technology Solutions the six-year, $403 million Ames Consolidated Information Technology Services 3 (ACITS 3) contract to deliver comprehensive IT support to 5,000 employees at the Ames Research Center. Under this contract, ASRC Federal provides Ames with IT security, network and communication systems, applications management, scientific computing systems, IT governance, emerging technologies support, data center operations, and hardware and software maintenance.
Highlights at the Goddard Space Flight Center
- In July 2013, NASA awarded ASRC Federal a five-year, $475 million contract to provide Electrical Systems Engineering Services (ESES II) for instrument and spacecraft programs at the Goddard Space Flight Center. In 2018, ASRC Federal lost the re-compete, ESES III, to SSAI.
- ASRC Research and Technology Solutions also provided mission support services including project management and IT support services on Goddard Space Flight Center’s Program Analysis and Control Services (PAAC IV).
Highlights at the Kennedy Space Center
- In 2017, NASA awarded ASRC Data Solutions a five-year, $319 million contract to deliver IT services to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and the Department of Defense under the Kennedy Infrastructure, Applications and Communication (KIAC). Services include application and software development, data center operations, data communications, multimedia services support, and library management.
Noteworthy Non-NASA Contracts
Although the company is well-entrenched at NASA, there is more to ASRC Federal than just NASA contracts. Below is a sample of noteworthy prime contracts.
- In July 2018, under the National Forensic Laboratory Information Support (NFLIS) contract, the Department of Justice awarded ASRC Federal DNC a five-year, $203 million contract to provide IT Quality Management (ITQM), a range of IT and customer service support to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Forensic Laboratory.
- Since October 2013, ASRC Federal has provided comprehensive data management services across the Missile Defense Data Center (MDDC) in support of the Missile Defense Agency’s Ballistic Missile Defense System. Under the ten-year, $450 million MDDC System Support Services contract, ASRC Federal provides data center and network operations and maintenance.
The FedSavvy Strategies Take
Under CEO Mark Gray’s tenure, he has steered ASRC Federal to operate like a traditional, professional services federal contractor. Below are some key examples of how this strategy has been realized.
- ASRC Federal has invested in strategic hires from traditional federal contractors, including leadership, capture management, and technical experts, bringing the experience and sophistication necessary to drive growth in its federal pipeline and creating a capture mechanism capable of winning large takeaways such as NASA NACS and NASA KIAC.
- ASRC Federal’s strategic acquisitions of Vistronix and DNC has created a more robust IT service offering while expanding its customer base. DNC has enhanced ASRC Federal’s enterprise architecture solutions and IT program management capabilities while increasing the company’s IT footprint at the Department of Health and Human Services and at the U.S. Department of Justice supporting the Drug Enforcement Administration. Meanwhile, Vistronix has bolstered ASRC Federal’s data analytics, cloud-computing and cyber expertise capabilities while expanding its portfolio with customers at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Agriculture and within the Intelligence Community.
- Along with its acquisition of Vistronix, ASRC Federal has invested in its data science offerings with the Advanced Analytics Platform (A2P). The cloud-scale analytic platform leverages machine learning, natural language processing, human behavioral analysis, and smart analytics to transform large data sets into data-driven insights for government customers. The A2P development team is led by Theresa Cauble and Aaron Dant, both legacy-Vistronix employees.
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