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Bandwidth Manager orders begin A T&T quietly walked away from a protest on the award of a key Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) procurement to MCI as the Defense Information Systems Agency issued a flurry of delivery orders against the contract.

AT&T Government Markets decided not to protest the award of the DISN Switch/Bandwidth Manager contract to MCI last week following an extensive debriefing. An AT&T spokeswoman said the company planned to "focus our attention on the other DISN contracts."

By the time AT&T made its decision not to protest DISA already had started to issue delivery orders to MCI.

Peter Smingler DISA's DISN contracting officer said the agency already has issued 34 delivery orders to MCI.

These orders cover work at four bandwidth manager sites as well as the 12 Northern Telecom digital switches that will control traffic on the DISN Transmission Services network for which AT&T MCI and a Sprint/Electronic Data Systems Corp. team are competing.Unisys earns DEIS II business

Unisys Corp.'s Federal Systems Division last week captured one of the first task orders under the Defense Information Systems Agency's Defense Enterprise Integration Services II program. Unisys received a $2.7 million order to perform Joint Operation Planning and Execution System (JOPES) training for Scott Air Force Base Ill.

JOPES is used to mobilize and deploy military forces. SRA International Inc. is a subcontractor to Unisys on the task order. In 1991 SRA captured a $47.9 million contract for JOPES software development and integration.Third annual NPR report released

Vice President Al Gore last week unveiled the third annual National Performance Review report "The Best Kept Secrets in Government." The report describes NPR-related programs in each federal agency that Gore contends will save the government a total of $118 billion by fiscal 2000.

Many of the programs described in the report reap their savings from automation efforts. It lists examples such as the Defense Department's consolidation from 22 payroll systems to two and the Education Department's efforts to electronically transfer student loan money directly to colleges as well as $7.4 billion in savings from avoiding investments in computer systems with cost overruns and other problems identified by the General Services Administration.Cohan to leave GSA

Lawrence Cohan former assistant commissioner for information technology integration at the General Services Administration steps down today and will take a job at the Department of Health and Human Services next Monday. Cohan a 17-year GSA veteran accepted the job of director of information technology services at HHS' Program Support Center Rockville Md.

Cohan's former deputy Charlie Self will act in his place until Federal Telecommunications Service officials announce a permanent replacement.

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