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DOE plans $110M support-services pact

T he Energy Department is planning to launch a $110 million omnibus support-services procurement that will eventually encompass all the support contracts of DOE's Energy Information Administration.

EIA plans to issue a draft request for proposals March 31 for the five-year multiple-award EIA Omnibus Procurement which is scheduled to be awarded January 1998. As part of this contract there will be multiple 8(a) and small-business awards in different functional areas.

Contractors for the omnibus procurement will support the agency's work to maintain a comprehensive data and information program related to energy resources and reserves energy production energy demand and energy technology.

Microsoft posts patch

A security flaw in Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer browser that could allow a Web site operator to secretly run programs stored on someone's PC was discovered last week by a college student.

The flaw affects Internet Explorer 3.0 3.01 and 2.0 users. Microsoft has posted a patch for the flaw on its home page at www.microsoft.com and company officials are urging users to download it.

The flaw involves basic functions found within Microsoft's Windows 95 and Windows NT operating systems. When a PC user clicks on a hyperlink on a Web page the Web page's creator could have that link connect to a file known as a "shortcut" in Windows 95 and NT. If a Webmaster could guess the precise location and code needed on the user's computers the shortcuts could start programs residing on the user's hard drive.Paperwork Elimination Act reintroduced

Rep. James Talent (R-Mo.) last week reintroduced the Paperwork Elimination Act a bill that would require the Office of Management and Budget to promote "alternative information technologies [to] decrease the federal government's paperwork demands." The bill introduced last year by former Rep. Peter Torkildsen (R-Mass.) passed the House but the Senate did not get around to voting on it.

Talent added that the bill would serve as a supplement to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. "It clarifies provisions within the law by specifying that those with access to computers and modems should be able to use them when dealing with the federal government " he said.

Brubaker leaves FDC Mercer joins

Paul Brubaker joined Litton/PRC Inc. last week as vice president for federal information services. Brubaker will work on business development government relations and consulting with federal agencies on outsourcing.

He previously worked for former Sen. William Cohen (R-Maine) who is now Defense secretary overseeing the development of information technology management reforms that became part of the Clinger-Cohen Act last year. Brubaker left the Senate last December and worked briefly for FDC Technologies Inc. Bethesda Md. before assuming his current position.

Meanwhile John Mercer has joined FDC as practice manager for government performance consulting. He will be helping federal agencies comply with the requirements of the Government Performance and Results Act. Mercer directed the development of the statute as an aide to Sen. William Roth (R-Del.).

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