USPS posted the following notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website:
The United States Postal Service is requesting information to pre-qualify parties interested in providing software engineering services for the Flats Sequencing System (FSS) for the Technology Acquisition Management (TAM) organization at United States Postal Service (USPS) Engineering.
The FSS is designed to sort flat mail into Delivery Point Sequence (DPS) for the letter carriers of one or more zones through a two-pass sequencing operation. The USPS has identified the need to be able to maintain, modify and enhance the software.
The USPS TAM organization seeks to secure a dedicated contract with an organization experienced in the type of engineering support required to maintain the FSS.
The USPS will retain title to all intellectual property developed under contract.
Sources sought for this effort are those suppliers who have a minimum of four-years experience in the following:
• Experience in FSS system/subsystem software
• Experience in software development languages, including C++, C, and C#
• Experience in Oracle and SQL database development
• Experience in Web Application development
• Experience in PLC development
The main purpose of this effort is to:
• Enhance FSS functionality, maintainability and usability
• Provide adaptive support
• Provide extended system field support
• Provide support in improving current FSS SRS, RTM, SDD and STD
• Provide training and documentation to enhance USPS maintenance capabilities and to support USPS personnel
• Provide knowledge transfer from Vendor to USPS
The ideal supplier will have resources with prior FSS software engineering experience.
source: Federal Business Opportunities
Northrop Grumman Corporation, the Postal Service’s second largest supplier was awarded a $874.6 million fixed-price contract in 2007 to provide 100 Flats Sequencing Systems (FSS) The contract called for installation of FSS production units at USPS facilities nationwide beginning in 2008 with the remaining FSS installations scheduled for completion by 2010.
Northrop Grumman announced on March 22, 2011:
Northrop Grumman Corp., one of Maryland’s largest employers, said Tuesday that 145 Elkridge-based employees will lose their jobs because the U.S. Postal Service contract they have been working on is ending. [ source: Baltimore Sun]