HERNDON, Va., Jan. 29, 2004 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded subcontracts for Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) programs in Maine, Iowa and Arkansas. Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector will provide data processing and software maintenance support to the EBT programs for these three states as a subcontractor under individual state-specific contracts.

As subcontractor to ACS, Dallas, Texas, Northrop Grumman IT will provide data processing for ACS's newly designed EBT software in all three states.

Northrop Grumman IT brings significant expertise to these programs as the current provider of EBT processing services for Texas as well as the prime contractor of EBT services for Illinois.

Northrop Grumman IT delivers rapid account management and daily audited database management of EBT funds with systems that operate at a reliability rate in excess of 99.9 percent. With the addition of these three state programs, Northrop Grumman IT will be supporting over 1.4 million benefit recipients daily.

"Our expertise and background in managing EBT programs in Illinois and Texas will be invaluable, and we are confident that we will provide exceptional service to ACS as well as to the states of Maine, Iowa and Arkansas," said Cheryl Janey, vice president, State and Local Enterprise Solutions, Northrop Grumman IT. "We are pleased to be partnering with ACS to support these critical state benefits programs."

Northrop Grumman IT will deliver services remotely from the company's dedicated EBT processing center in Austin, Texas. The contracts will generate approximately $9.7 million in revenue for the sector over an eight-year period.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology, based in Herndon, Va., is a trusted IT leader and premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. The company's expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; homeland security; enterprise hardware and software solutions; training and simulation; base and range support; signals intelligence; space systems; and specialized scientific, engineering and technical services.

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          Northrop Grumman Information Technology 
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