SET-ASIDES

IT upgrade pact protested

The State Department has been slapped with two protests on its estimated $291 million State Information Infrastructure-PC Local-Area Networking contract. The pact which will modernize State's computer system worldwide was awarded to BTG Inc. last month.

IBM Corp. filed a protest with the General Accounting Office GAO confirmed and Federal Data Corp. filed an agency-level protest at State according to industry sources. GAO and State officials would not comment on the basis for the protests but according to Federal Sources Inc. McLean Va. both companies maintained that BTG's products do not meet some of the contract's requirements.

******* Performance papers issued

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy has issued a set of performance-based work statements that agencies can use to guide them in writing service contracts.

The three papers published last month suggest ways to set performance standards and measure vendors' work for call center operations information technology maintenance and software development. A new provision of the Federal Acquisition Regulation that takes effect May 16 requires agencies to use "appropriate performance standards" in service contracts.

The documents are available at the Acquisition Reform Network Web site (www.arnet.gov/BestP/BestPBS.html).

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