MCLEAN, Va., March 10, 2008 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a follow-on contract by the Alabama Department of Human Resources for data center hosting services for the Alabama Location Enforcement and Collection System (ALECS), which provides timely and accurate child support processing and services.

ALECS is the federally certified system used by the Alabama Department of Human Resources to locate absent parents, establish paternity support, collect and disburse child support payments, enforce child support agreements and review case situations. ALECS processes approximately $350 million in collections each year.

Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector will provide data center IT services, database support and services, data center hosting, facilities management, and disaster recovery planning and testing for the statewide child support enforcement system.

"ALECS is an important tool for Alabama's Department of Human Resources to track and maintain the state's child support cases and ensure payments are made promptly in order for children to receive necessary benefits," said John Kavanaugh, vice president of business process solutions for Northrop Grumman IT. "Northrop Grumman will continue to partner with the state to deliver premier IT and data center services in support of this critical information system."

Northrop Grumman was awarded the preceding ALECS data center hosting support and services contract in 2003. The new contract award is for one base year with four, one-year options. The total contract value, if all option years are exercised, is $32.7 million.

Data center support will be provided from Albuquerque, N.M., and additional services will be performed in Montgomery, Ala.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $32 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

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