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Five Year US Government Contract for ORC

November 16 2001

Opinion Research Corporation's (ORC) Social Research business has just been awarded US$2.5 million worth of new American research. This win falls under the company's recently signed Multiple Task Order Contract with the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

The DOE Multiple Task Order Contract (also known as an Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract) is reported as being viable over a forthcoming five year period up until April 2006. ORC points out that winning the contract itself means it is one of only a handful of companies able to compete for DOE research, analysis and measurement.

This latest contract is set to kick off with a period of data collection for the Integrated Post Secondary Education Data System. It is likely that this will be conducted via a web-based survey. Further details about research later in the contract is not available at present.

ORC has also been awarded separate American contracts for the Annual Report on Achievement and Services for Migrant Children and for a Pilot Analysis of Student Attendance, Instruction & Student Achievement. The combined value of these three contracts is thought to be in the region of US$2.5 million, with each project scheduled to be completed by April 2003.

John F. Short, chairman and CEO of ORC, commented "Our increasing Federal government task order and IDIQ business is based on the strong reputation, experience and high-quality work of our Social Research business. With a growing number of governmental entities employing these alternative contracting techniques, we have been able to translate our experience and qualifications into a high success rate. A further benefit of this strategy is that we gain valuable experience as we work with more IDIQ contracts and become more effective in pursuing contracts awarded on this basis. An increasing portfolio of this type of contract will contribute to continued, profitable growth."

All articles 2006-22 written and edited by Mel Crowther and/or Nick Thomas unless otherwise stated.

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