Tool combats school violence

The National Institute of Justice has entered the education arena, selecting

Materials, Communications and Computers Inc. to create an interactive simulation

training tool to help prevent school violence.

The tool will enable teachers and administrators to participate in simulations

based on real-life events and receive feedback from law enforcement personnel,

psychologists and educators.

The tool, which should be available to schools within two years, will

be accessible via the Internet or on CD-ROM and is being funded through

the Justice Department"s Safe Schools Technologies program, said Bill Walsh,

program manager for Matcom, which also does simulation training for the

U.S. military.

McConnell setting up business

Bruce McConnell, who headed the Clinton administration's International

Y2K Cooperation Center, is leaving the government this month to start his

own company, McConnell International.

"Basically, it will use the model of the public/private network that

we created to solve the Y2K problem," he said. With experience he gained

helping foreign countries cope with the Year 2000 date change, McConnell

said he plans to help technology companies overcome regulatory problems

in overseas markets.

USAID sets up financial software

The U.S. Agency for International Development on March 9 awarded American

Management Systems Inc. a potential 10-year contract to install and support

a global financial management system intended to make financial data readily

accessible to USAID employees.

AMS will begin by installing its World Wide Web-enabled Momentum software

suite in Washington, D.C., and two other USAID missions, and then fan out

to 38 more missions worldwide.

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