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Asset Forfeiture contract draft released T he Justice Department last week released a draft request for proposals for the recompete of its Asset Forfeiture Program Support contract. The $175 million contract which is held by DynCorp and will expire in June 1998 tracks property that numerous federal law enforcement agencies seize at the time of arrests. Responses to the draft are due March 28. An award is expected in early 1998.

NASA nixes buy ponders axing another

NASA has canceled a $41 million contract for the management and operation of its Scientific and Technical Information Facility Linthicum Md. The five-year recompete will be rolled into other existing contracts according to contract officer Roland Ridgeway.

The incumbent contractor is RMS Technologies. The contract expired at the end of February.

Separately the program office at NASA's Ames Research Center is finalizing plans to cancel its $22 million procurement for the National Highspeed Testbed-3 (NHT-3) cooperative research agreement which would develop the next-generation supercomputer for the High-Performance Computing and Communications program. NHT-1 was awarded to an IBM Corp.-led consortium in 1994.

Senate aide Forman hired by IBM

IBM Consulting Group has hired Mark Forman as a principal in its Government and Industry Practice. He will work with government customers to carry out reforms required by the Clinger-Cohen Act and other procurement reform legislation.

As an aide to Sens. William Roth (R-Del.) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee Forman was among the senior staff members who developed the acquisition reform statutes over the last four years.

DOD buys two Cray machines

The Defense Department's Naval Oceanographic Office last week ordered two Cray Research Inc. supercomputers for a total of $25 million. The computers will be installed at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi one of four DOD Major Shared Research Centers.

Raines: Put nonagency buyers on hold

In a memo to agency heads last week Office of Management and Budget director Franklin Raines said agencies should limit purchases from governmentwide contracts by nonagency customers until they determine the volume of orders they can manage.

Agency managers the memo said need to ensure that they provide staff "commensurate with the potential size of the contracts" to avoid "disrupting business relationships among agency customers and vendors."Raines also said agency chief information officers and procurement executives should set up "clear lines of accountability" for contract management.

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