NASA Pact Eases Web-Based Training

WASHINGTON (04/14/2000) - NASA has created a vehicle for its centers nationwide to order World Wide Web-based training services from a choice of five vendors.

NASA awarded contracts in late March for Web-based training solutions to SkillSoft Corp., DigitalThink Inc., Inc. (formerly DPEC Inc.), Network Automation Technology Inc. and Knowlogy Corp. All the contractors offer platform-independent courseware that can be used with a 28.8 kilobits/sec modem.

It is the first time NASA has offered Web-based training for soft skills such as management and teamwork as well as information technology-related topics, said Jeff Brown, NASA contracting officer for the Web-based training contract.

Although some NASA centers may have used online training in the past, this is the first agencywide effort, he said.

The space agency awarded the pact through the Consolidated Contract Initiative, which is designed to streamline the procurement process. The total contract estimate is $600,000.

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