ERT News: 2013

ERT Awarded OCS Project Support Services Contract

September 24, 2013

Under this contract, ERT staff will respond to emergencies and disasters such as oil spills and hurricanes as well as perform activities such as hydrographic surveying, on-scene shore support, modeling of contaminant tracking, determination of products to support operations, and interaction with deployed personnel. In the hydrographic and charting arena, activities will include acquisition, processing, analysis, manipulation, and application along with development of new methods and technologies.


ERT Wins Penetration Assessment Services Contract

September 20, 2013

With this new Penetration Assessment Services contract award, ERT will be able to continue providing valuable penetration assessment services to NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS). ERT will conduct testing of a mixture of workstations, servers, and networking devices for NOS in accordance with DOC, NOAA, and NIST policies, procedures, and guidelines and will then develop and submit required penetration testing documentation to the NOS IT Security Officer.

ERT Awarded NMFS OSF Contract Support Bid

September 20, 2013

The Office of Sustainable Fisheries (OSF) of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is responsible for the oversight and implementation of steps to meet the objectives of the NOAA Fisheries Strategic Plan: maintaining healthy stocks important to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries; eliminating overfishing and rebuilding overfished stocks important to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries; and increasing long-term economic and social benefits to the nation from living marine resources.


ERT Awarded NWS Tsunami IT Modernization, Phase II

September 19, 2013

ERT is proud to announce our award of Phase II of the Tsunami Information Technology Modernization (TIM) Prototype Development Project. 


ERT to Provide NMFS SID Contract Support

September 19, 2013

Under this one-year contract, ERT staff will provide expertise in application architecture. NOAA's Science Information Division (SID) of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) supports the Office of Science and Technology’s (OST) mission of maintaining and improving the quality and credibility of NOAA Fisheries’ scientific activities.

ERT Wins NESDIS Legacy Enterprise Development Support Contract

September 17, 2013

ERT has been awarded the Legacy Enterprise Development Support (LEDS) contract, a three-year contract under NOAA/NESDIS.


The LEDS contract will upgrade and modernize the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) Spacecraft Support Ground System (SSGS). Under the LEDS program, ERT will upgrade virtual blade servers and management hardware, rehost software applications from Solaris to Red Hat Linux, incorporate new security procedures and processes, and upgrade the ground system to support the upcoming DSCOVR satellite mission.

ERT Wins NESDIS Integrated Mission Monitoring System (IMMS) Contract

September 12, 2013

ERT has been awarded the Integrated Mission Monitoring System (IMMS) contract by NOAA NESDIS. The objective of the IMMS is to provide a secure, web-based system that allows off site engineers and operations staff to monitor critical spacecraft telemetry and ground system configuration information. The IMMS replaces the previous Secure Remote Access Server (SRAS) and provides access to streaming data in addition to archive data. The IMMS has a smaller hardware footprint than the SRAS and will be less expensive to maintain.

ERT Awarded CO-OPS Water Level Processing Interface 2.0

September 11, 2013

The WALI 1.0 application, placed in production in late 2012, provides CO-OPS and their contractors the capability to load water level data into the CO-OPS database and to process the data according to established specifications using CO-OPS-provided programs. The application provides for reporting, plotting, analyzing, and processing the collected measurement data.


NWFSC Help Desk Support Services Contract Win

August 27, 2013

NWFSC has awarded ERT a contract to support to supplement existing Federal Help Desk staff. Under this task order, ERT will provide Tier 2 and Tier 3 support services to troubleshoot and resolve desktop, laptop, network, domain and other technology issues.


ERT Awarded UXOCOE Contract

August 14, 2013

Under this new contract, awarded by the Department of Defense (DoD), ERT will support the Unexploded Ordnance Center of Excellence (UXOCOE) by providing technical, programmatic, and management support, as required, to support of the mission of the UXOCOE. The support shall include tasks such as analytical and managerial support; workshop/conference facilitation, and programmatic support (to include the UXO/Countermine Forum); and maintenance and management of the UXOCOE database.

ERT Wins DOI Google Application Support Contract

August 14, 2013

Due to our exemplary work on the NOAA UMS contract, rolling out and supporting the Google Apps suite of products, the Department of the Interior has given ERT a sole source award under our 8(a) STARS II vehicle to provide support for DOI in their operational phase of using Google Apps. ERT is now providing Active Directory and Google Apps programming support at DOI sites in both Denver, Colorado, and Northern Virginia.


ERT Once Again Wins NWS Security Awareness Training Contract

August 7, 2013

ERT has been awarded a three-year task order for Security Awareness Training. ERT and our teammate, Native Intelligence, will provide the annual security awareness training course that will include updated graphics, stories, relevant examples, quiz questions, and surveys.

ERT Wins NESDIS Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) Communications Element (CE)

July 26, 2013

NOAA NESDIS has been operating Joint Polar Mission with the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) to provide and improve the operational meteorological and environmental forecasting and global climate monitoring services worldwide. As part of this mission, the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS), EUMETSAT and NOAA satellites are flown respectively in morning and afternoon equatorial crossing times, carrying a set of jointly provided instruments.

ERT Granted Omaha MEGA Award

June 28, 2013

ERT has been granted one of ten contracts awarded for the Omaha MEGA solicitation for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The contract—the Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) for Environmental Remediation Services with Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP)—is an IDIQ contract with a shared capacity of $250 million.


ERT Wins New Contract Performing IT Network Security Engineering

May 29, 2013

Under this contract, ERT will provide ARL network infrastructure support to ensure a secure, stable, reliable, and policy-compliant network environment.

ERT Wins NWFSC Computer Programming Services Contract

May 22, 2013

The Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) studies living marine resources (e.g., salmon, groundfish, and killer whales) and their habitats in the Northeast Pacific Ocean-primarily off the coasts of Washington and Oregon and in freshwater rivers and streams in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana.

ERT Employees Support Bay Cleanup Effort

April 29, 2013

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, volunteers from ERT participated in the Fort McHenry Field Day, sponsored by the National Aquarium. Volunteers participated in this one day event to help clean the Chesapeake Bay by picking up trash and debris that washed up on the coastline. The ERT team volunteers were from contracts located all over the DC metro area. The event was a major success, and it was reported that 15 tons of debris were removed from the coastline that day.

AAAS Extension Contract Awarded to ERT

April 23, 2013

NOAA is currently working in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the international general scientific association whose goal is advancing science, engineering and innovation throughout the world. NOAA, in conjunction with other Federal agencies, hosts the scientific scholars whose areas of expertise are in the fields of climate change, marine science, and atmospheric research. They provide critical assistance in climate policy formulation and climate program initiative development and provide key advisory assistance to NOAA leadership.

ERT Awarded NSIL Microbiologist Contract

April 11, 2013

Under this SciTech Task Order, ERT staff are performing laboratory support activities and microbial and chemical analyses to detect, identify, and quantify microbiological and chemical hazards in seafood and fish meal.

ERT to Perform Environmental Restoration Services at Crab Orchard

April 5, 2013

ERT has been awarded a task order under the Louisville ERSC MATOC to perform Environmental Restoration Services (ERS) at the Explosives/Munitions Manufacturing Areas at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge (CONWR) in Marion, Illinois. The CONWR is part of a former Ordnance Plant that operated in the 1940s. The objective of this work is to replace a pipe and berm with a low water crossing that is constructed of rip rap that will still allow high water events to flow through from the settling pond.

ERT Wins Work at Redstone Arsenal

April 1, 2013

ERT was awarded a master agreement from CB&I (formerly Shaw) to perform digital geophysical mapping (DGM) services at the Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. The DGM work is being conducted in support of Resource Conservation and Recovery Act facility investigations and/or interim measures at munitions and explosives of concern (MEC) Munitions Response Areas. ERT has been awarded two task orders to date under this master agreement.

ERT Awarded MIPPS Contract

March 27, 2013

ERT is excited to announce that we have been awarded a Marshall Integrated Program Support Services (MIPSS) BPA contract. MIPSS is a five-year, multiple award, blanket purchase agreement (BPA) contract at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)

TSSC Staff Support Hurricane Sandy Disaster Efforts

March 14, 2013

Thousands of homes flooded. Millions without power. 122 lives lost. Those were just some of the numbers left in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

No matter what the disaster, the Emergency Operations staff supporting ERT's TSSC contract at the USGS EROS Data Center are ready to respond. Over the last several years, ERT staff have supported national and international events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and earthquakes.

ERT Expands Support on US Army Corps of Engineers Contracts

March 1, 2013

In the first two months of 2013, ERT has won four task orders and/or contract modifications to continue supporting the US Army Corps of Engineers. Two of the task orders were awarded under our Louisville Environmental and Restoration Services Contract (ERSC): Nike SL-10 Launch Area and Bluegrass Army Depot. Through our Louisville 8a contract, we were awarded a task order to provide on-site environmental services at Fort Stewart, GA. Finally, a modification to our existing task order providing environmental services was awarded at Fort Polk, Louisiana.

ERT Wins NOAA’s SARSAT USMCC Support Contract

February 14, 2013

The Search and Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking (SARSAT) United States Mission Control Center (USMCC) system—managed by the NOAA NESDIS Office of Satellite Processing and Operations (OSPO)—relays distress signals from emergency beacons carried by aviators, mariners and land-based users to search and rescue (SAR) services. The goal of the SARSAT program is to reduce human risk and economic consequences as a result of natural or human-induced emergencies.

ERT Awarded NOAA Tsunami IT Modernization (TIM) Project Contract

January 19, 2013

ERT has been awarded the Tsunami Information Technology Modernization (TIM) Prototype Development Project. ERT will develop and operate a prototype system to demonstrate performance, capacity, and capability of the architecture proposed for next generation of NOAA’s Tsunami Warning System.

ERT Employees Volunteer at the Elizabeth House

January 16, 2013

On Sunday, December 23, a team of 10 ERT members volunteered to prepare a dinner for 50 guests at the Elizabeth House—an all-volunteer organization that assists our neighbors-in-need within the greater Laurel area. The ERT Team helped prepare lunch and dinner to be served—meals that are provided daily at the Elizabeth House. They cut and buttered bread, ensured a salad and dessert were prepared, and readied lunches for the 70 people expected the next day, Christmas Eve.

ERT Wins NOS Penetration Testing Services Contract

January 15, 2013

The NOS OCIO has contracted with ERT to conduct the first ever penetration test for NOS systems across the SSMC. These tests, performed by highly skilled security engineers with Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) and Certified information System Security Professional (CISSP) certifications, will provide a none intrusive real world perspective on potential vulnerabilities to common current threats, both internal and external to the NOS domain. This NOS initiative will provide system ISSOs and systems engineers a better understanding in order to justify and prioritize the critical tradeoffs necessary for informed risk management in today’s dynamic IT environment.