MCLEAN, Va., Sept. 26, 2007 (PRIME NEWSWIRE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Postal Service to provide independent verification and validation (IV&V) services for Postal Service delivery and retail systems.

The five-year task order has a potential value of $21 million and was awarded under the U.S. Postal Service Information Business Systems Support contract.

Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector will design software test plans and procedures, perform software certification and testing, and submit test results for delivery, retail and customer service systems developed by the Postal Service and its technology providers. In addition, Northrop Grumman will conduct analyses and assessments of technical specifications that will help determine a system's ability to meet Postal Service needs and requirements.

"Northrop Grumman will draw on its years of experience as a technical provider and product supplier to the Postal Service, as well as its IV&V experience, to help its Retail and Delivery organization increase productivity and develop innovative ways to deliver the best service to its customers," said Linda Mills, president of Northrop Grumman IT's Civilian Agencies group.

The company expects to hire an additional 32 employees to support this task order. Work on the contract will be done in Merrifield, Va.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 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.

  CONTACT:  Christy Whitman
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
          (571) 213-5302

          Juli Ballesteros, APR
          Northrop Grumman Information Technology
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