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Conferees approve new Defense bill

A new version of the Defense authorization bill President Clinton vetoed last month was approved by a congressional conference committee Friday. The measure includes a variety of procurement reform provisions that the administration supports, but it was unclear at press time whether lawmakers had overcome enough of Clinton's objections to other parts of the bill that he would sign it.

The revised bill would first have to be approved by the House and the Senate. An aide to Senate Majority Whip Trent Lott (R-Miss.) said any decision about when to bring the measure to the floor would not be made until Tuesday.

DISA seeks dismissal of DISN complaint

The Defense Information Systems Agency asked the General Accounting Office to dismiss a protest filed by AT&T against the multibillion-dollar Defense Information Systems Network contract.

MCI and Electronic Data Systems Corp., the other two bidders on the DISN Transmission Services-Continental United States and Switched/Bandwidth Manager Services-CONUS contracts, filed intervening protests on the side of the agency.

In its protest, AT&T asked GAO to direct DISA to accept an integrated end-to-end bid for DISN contracts the agency had broken into pieces.

Lt. Gen. Al Edmonds, the director of DISA, said he did not think that AT&T filed a "substantive protest."

ITT nabs digitized battlefield pact

ITT Aerospace last week won an Army contract valued at $10.7 million for the Near-Term Digital Radio, designed to provide high-speed data transfer for the digitized battlefield.

The contract calls for ITT initially to supply 200 radios, with a follow-on option to provide up to 950 radios.

Other bidders included Hazleton Corp. and possibly Magnavox and Harris Corp.

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