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Army forms security team T he Army is expected to officially announce its Computer Emergency Response Team (ACERT) today at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Fort Belvoir Va.

ACERT which was activated last September will be managed by the Army's Land Information Warfare Activity office. The team will track all Army security breaches and coordinate responses. ACERT also will provide technical support to system and network administrators who deal with incidents such as viruses hacker intrusions and other threats to systems used in command and control in support of Army missions.With the dedication of ACERT the Army becomes the last of the four military branches to deploy an agency-specific emergency response team.

Prabhakar leaves NIST for private sector

Arati Prabhakar director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology last week announced that she has joined Raychem Corp. Menlo Park Calif. as the company's chief technology officer.

Robert Hebner who has been NIST's acting director since late January when Prabhakar left the agency on maternity leave will continue as acting director. Hebner was named acting deputy director of NIST last year and was responsible for the day-to-day operation of the agency and long-range planning and policy development.

Navy releases ITSS RFQ

The Naval Information Systems Management Center last Friday released the final request for quotes for its Information Technology Support Services blanket purchase agreement program. The Navy is expected to award multiple BPAs and contractors have 30 days to submit their quotes. A number of integrators have been tracking the Navy BPA program including Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc. Computer Sciences Corp. IBM Corp. Litton/PRC Inc. and Northrop Grumman Data Systems and Services Division.

NIH pulls ECS II proposal

The National Institutes of Health last week canceled the solicitation for the successor to its popular Electronic Computer Store (ECS) contracts because of distribution problems and drafting mistakes.

After the request for proposals for ECS II - expected to be worth several hundred million dollars - was published last month on the agency's World Wide Web site officials noticed some contract clauses needed revision. "The procurement rules are changing so fast that even if we cut and paste from the old document enough time has passed that we have to go over it with a fine-tooth comb " said Marie Monsees a program manager with NIH's Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center. A revised RFP will be issued "as soon as possible " she said.

Desktop V to get new Compaq servers

Industry sources indicated that the Air Force is expected this week to approve the addition of a Compaq Computer Corp. Proliant 2500 dual-processor Pentium Pro server to Hughes Data Systems' Desktop V contract.

The server which sells for approximately $14 989 on the GSA schedule is expected to compete with a new dual-processor Pentium Pro server that Zenith Data Systems introduced this month: the Zenith Z-Server HX. Zenith is also working to add its new server to its Desktop V contract.

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