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IDP withdraws NTOPS complaint

The Navy last week reopened the New Technology for Office and Portable Systems - a $206 million acquisition of desktop and portable computers - after the second of two protests was dropped.

International Data Products Corp. withdrew its protest with the General Services Administration's Board of Contract Appeals against the contract awards to Concept Automation Inc. and Cordant Inc. A week earlier, Zenith Data Systems had dropped its agency-level protest.

BAFOs in on $430M networking pact

Bidders last week submitted best and final offers for the Defense Research and Engineering Network, known as the DREN Inter-site Services Contract (DISC).

The networking component of the Defense Department's High-Performance Modernization Program, DREN will connect DOD's new high-performance computing centers using Asynchronous Transfer Mode and Synchronous Optical Network technologies.

Estimated to be worth $430 million, DISC is expected to be awarded in August. AT&T, MCI and Sprint are all bidding on the contract.

Two retire from OFPP

William Coleman, deputy administrator with the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, and Neil Lamb, the OFPP associate administrator for electronic commerce, retired from the government May 31. The Office of Management and Budget has not yet decided how it will fill the positions.

Leto to head Network Imaging Corp.

James Leto, former chairman and chief executive officer of PRC Inc., joined Network Imaging Corp., Herndon, Va., as its president and CEO last week.

The company, which markets workflow, storage and object management technology to federal and commercial customers, said Leto had initially been offered a position on its board but decided he wanted to run the firm.

NIST readies latest ATP round

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has announced its latest Advanced Technology Program competition, worth more than $20 million in first-year grants.

This latest ATP competition is open to proposals from all technology areas and gives grants to industry pursuing high-risk but potentially lucrative technologies.

USPS fields first kiosk

The U.S. Postal Service installed the first of its Web Interactive Network of Government Services-based kiosks in North Carolina last month.

The state is the site of a six-month pilot test that will involve connecting 30 kiosks to North Carolina's statewide Asynchronous Transfer Mode network. The WINGS applications will be accessible to users from the new kiosks as well as over the Internet via Pcs.

WINGS applications have been developed by USPS, the U.S. Mint and the Office of Personnel Management on the federal side, and the Department of Public Works and the Department of Motor Vehicles on the state level.

Applications to be tested during the pilot test include change of address, motor vehicle registration renewal, job application and duplicate birth certificates.

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