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Litton completes PRC buy

Black & Decker Corp. last Friday reported that it has completed the sale of PRC Inc. to Litton Industries Inc. The $425 million transaction was announced in December [FCW, Dec. 19, 1995]. With the closing of the deal, James Leto will retire from his post as chairman and chief executive of PRC, according to a company spokesman.

GTE nabs $260M Oscar II pact

GTE's Worldwide Telecommunications Services unit won a $259.4 million contract to repair, replace and upgrade copper and fiber-optic cables at Army and Defense Department facilities in the continental United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Panama and Puerto Rico. The work will be done as part of the Outside Cable Rehabilitation II (Oscar II) program.

The five-year contract also covers site surveys and installation and testing of commercial off-the-shelf cables, transmission and local-area-network equipment.

Agencies pledge new buying methods

Five agencies have designated procurements that they will use to test innovative procurement practices this year, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy announced last week. The agencies include the General Services Administration, the Social Security Administration, the Air Force, the Navy and the Internal Revenue Service.

RCAS tech refresh due

The National Guard Bureau this week is expected to reveal a new PC-based architecture for the Reserve Component Automation System. Boeing Information Services, the RCAS prime contractor, has selected Sylvest Management Systems Corp. to provide Compaq Computer Corp. PCs and servers for RCAS, according to industry sources. RCAS had formerly been a Unix-oriented contract. Boeing referred questions on RCAS to the National Guard, which declined to comment last week.

Bittenbender to head IMC

David Bittenbender, chief of telecommunications at the Environmental Protection Agency, last week became the new chairman of the Interagency Management Council. The IMC, composed of representatives of agencies across government, advises the General Services Administration on the telecommunications requirements of their agencies. Bittenbender takes over for Sandra Bates, who stepped down after accepting a position with GSA's Federal Telecommunications Service.

DISA awards $270M DISN transition pact

The Defense Information Systems Agency formally awarded the sole-source Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) Transition contract valued at $270 million to AT&T.

The contract covers leased telecommunications services, customer premise equipment and transition services. The contract was awarded on a sole-source basis to maintain service until the competitively awarded DISN contracts, currently under evaluation, are in place in the summer of 1997.

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