HERNDON, Va., Sept. 3, 2002 (PRIMEZONE) -- The Louisiana Department of Social Services (DSS) has selected Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) to provide a broad range of information technology services to approximately 250 offices throughout the state, representing a further expansion of the company's information technology services to state agencies.

Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector will provide the Louisiana DSS with PC desktop, server, application and network support services under a contract that has a potential value of $8.1 million over three years.

"We are committed to providing the state of Louisiana with the best IT service possible, as we do in other states," said Cheryl Janey, vice president, State and Local Programs, Northrop Grumman IT. "We will use best practices, combined with our excellent technical approach and resources, to help the state of Louisiana meet its objectives of achieving greater operational efficiencies and improved constituent service."

"We are pleased our solution was able to address DSS's requirements," said Joe Delaney, vice president, Business Development, Commercial Information Services, Northrop Grumman IT. "Our approach has been refined over years of delivering IT outsourcing services to a number of state and commercial clients."

Northrop Grumman IT worked with the Louisiana Department of Economic Development to pair with local vendor, Diamond Data Systems, Inc., New Orleans, La., to support this engagement. Diamond Data Systems will be responsible for system administration and desktop support. Eighteen new employees from both companies will be hired to support this contract.

Northrop Grumman IT will provide on-site support to DSS primarily in Baton Rouge, and at offices in Lafayette, Shreveport and New Orleans, La.

Northrop Grumman Information Technology is a premier provider of advanced IT solutions, engineering and business services for government and commercial clients. Headquartered in Herndon, the company's expertise spans such areas as information systems integration; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR); 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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