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GAO turns back UPS complaint

The General Accounting Office this month ruled against the second protest of a $625 million Air Force contract for uninterruptible power supplies and other equipment.

The Air Force awarded the initial contract in June 1995 to Exide Electronics Inc. Raleigh N.C. After a successful protest the service re-competed the contract and again awarded it to Exide last September. Later that month Liebert Federal Systems Inc. protested the second award. GAO denied that complaint Jan. 9 Exide sources said.

John Breckenridge director of Exide's Federal Systems Division said the company has received nine orders from the Air Force since the protest ruling. He said the company also expects large orders from the Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The contract is open to all Defense and civilian government agencies. The systems are typically used to back up mainframes and other large computer systems during power outages.

Firms take FDSLP protest to court

A $1 billion Education Department contract has been put on hold after two losing firms protested the win in U.S. District Court claiming that the department strayed from its request for proposals.

Eduserv Technologies Inc. and AFSA Data Corp. - the plaintiffs in the suit against Education - lost out to Electronic Data Systems Corp. Raytheon E-Systems and Education Loan Services Group in the agency's Federal Direct Student Loan Program (FDSLP) support services procurement.

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