Press Release: U.S. Department of the Treasury Approves Mentor-Protégé Agreement for IBM and ASR Analytics

Potomac, MD, September 30, 2008: ASR Analytics LLC, a consulting firm providing advanced analytic services to public and private sector clients, recently entered into a Mentor-Protégé agreement with IBM Global Business Services (NYSE: IBM), under the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Mentor-Protégé program. Through this 10 month agreement (with the option to extend), IBM will provide developmental assistance and mentoring to ASR in areas such as corporate management and infrastructure and performance management. The Mentor-Protégé relationship will also foster increased collaboration between ASR and IBM in delivering consulting services to the Department of Treasury, helping the department modernize, manage performance, and provide outstanding service to taxpayers.

The Treasury Mentor-Protégé program was created to motivate and encourage firms to assist small businesses, including HUBZone small businesses, small disadvantaged businesses, women-owned small businesses, veteran-owned small businesses, and service disabled veteran-owned small businesses. The program is also designed to improve the performance of Department of the Treasury contracts and subcontracts, foster the establishment of long-term business relationships between these entities and Treasury prime contractors, and increase the overall number of these entities that receive Treasury contract and subcontract awards.

According to Mike Stavrianos, a founding principal of ASR Analytics, the partnership will be mutually beneficial for all parties. "ASR is proud to have been selected by IBM Global Business Services and the U.S. Department of Treasury for the Mentor-Protégé program," said Stavrianos. "While ASR will certainly benefit from the opportunity afforded by this innovative program, we plan to contribute greatly to make this a win-win-win partnership for all involved."

IBM has participated in the Treasury Mentor-Protégé program since 2001, having served as a mentor to a select group of small businesses. IBM is a major provider of business and IT consulting services to the federal government and has extensive experience working with the Department of Treasury.

"ASR's domain expertise surrounding tax policy and tax system administration, combined with their expertise in advanced analytics solutions will enhance IBM's ability to provide unique solutions to its current and future clients within the Department of Treasury," said Mona Kotlarsky, Executive Project Manager at IBM Global Business Services.

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