JACKSON, Wyo. – Aug. 5, 2013 – Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) and the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) were awarded a Best Fit Integrator Performance and Long-Term Service Award by the Center for Digital Government Aug. 4. The company and VITA were honored for their long-standing information technology partnership.

The award was presented at the Center for Digital Government's seventh annual Best Fit Integrator Awards dinner. The dinner is a part of the State and Local Government Industry Summit, which recognizes the private sector technology industry's contribution to the modernization of public service.

"The commonwealth has a long history of leadership and achievement. Northrop Grumman is grateful for this recognition by the Center for Digital Government. We are proud that, through our partnership with VITA and our agency customers, we've continued that tradition with IT services that exceed industry norms," said Jim Kane, vice president and VITA program manager, Northrop Grumman.

The Best Fit Integrator Performance and Long-Term Service Award recognizes sustained, exceptional effects of an integrator's work over time and a number of projects.

"The commonwealth of Virginia's transformation to an enterprise IT infrastructure was made possible by partnership of VITA and Northrop Grumman," said Sam Nixon, chief information officer of the commonwealth of Virginia and agency head for VITA. "Although we have substantially completed transformation, our approach of constant improvement and increased maturity of business process has provided additional benefits to the citizens of Virginia around reliability, standardization and increased security. Certainly there have been challenges, but the vision of a more disciplined approach to managing IT across the enterprise of state government has largely been realized."

In 2005, VITA and Northrop Grumman forged the nation's largest state government public-private partnership, tasked with transforming and modernizing Virginia's IT infrastructure and providing the expertise and resources to support improved delivery of government services.

Today, more than 2,300 sites at 86 agencies statewide receive services from the partnership, including a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week help desk that averages nearly 45,000 contacts per month, a structured personal computer refresh cycle, a single enterprise messaging system, and improved security monitoring and prevention services.

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. Please visit www.northropgrumman.com for more information.

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