Booz-Allen nabs $65M TRUST contract

Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc. beat out five other bidders last week to take the Food and Drug Administration's Training Resources User Services and Technology (TRUST) contract.

Under the seven-year $65 million contract Booz-Allen will provide a broad range of services including providing connectivity to FDA counterparts worldwide. The contract also will provide support for the FDA's $100 million Strategic Information Systems Technical Integration Resources (SISTIR) contract which is planned for award next year and which will provide the FDA with nearly all of its future information technology needs.

Booz-Allen was chosen because it offered "the highest-rated technical scores and the lowest cost " an FDA procurement official said. "It was a very easy choice."Navy set to release $1.5B Vivid RFP

The Naval Information Systems Management Center (NISMC) expects to release a request for proposals Aug. 27 for its $1.5 billion program to modernize the Defense Department's telecommunications infrastructure.Formerly known as the Naval Telecommunications Infrastructure Project or Navtip the Voice Video and Data (Vivid) procurement is intended to provide all the hardware software and services required to establish and maintain an integrated voice video and data infrastructure that extends from land to ships docked pierside. NISMC said it intends to award one or more firm-fixed-price indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contracts with a one-year base period and nine one-year options.PCHS program pushed backThe Department of Veterans Affairs has delayed slightly the proposal deadlines for its $1.5 billion Procurement of Computer Hardware and Software. According to an amendment to the procurement issued last week technical and management proposals originally due Aug. 12 are now due Aug. 26. Price proposals which were due Aug. 29 are due Sept. 9. The VA released the request for proposals for the commercial off-the-shelf product buy last month [FCW July 15].INS expands worker-verification pilotThe Immigration and Naturalization Service last week announced it has reached an agreement with the poultry industry to expand a computer-based pilot project to fight the employment of illegal immigrants.Thirty-one poultry processing companies employing 43 000 workers agreed to join the Employment Verification Pilot. Under EVP employers use PCs to tap into the databases at INS and the Social Security Administration to verify alien registration and Social Security numbers. INS kicked off EVP this year when it signed up a dozen meatpacking companies to participate in the voluntary program.Raytheon to replace radar systemsRaytheon Electronics Systems won an Air Force contract with a potential value of $613.9 million to provide up to 213 Digital Airport Surveillance Radars to replace existing systems at civil airfields for the FAA and at Defense Department of airfields.Bob Meyer Raytheon's manager for radar programs said the company offered its ASR-10SS terminal surveillance radar already in use by six other nations. Meyer said the radar can track aircraft within 60 miles of an airport and provides a direct digital interface into air traffic management systems.

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