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Agriculture Department. Information technology services including telecommunications services. (CBD June 5) The USDA is soliciting information from public- and private-sector commercial organizations on technically feasible equipment and systems that can provide electronic benefits transfer equipage in nonwired retail-food locations. These include farmers' markets mobile retail-food locations and stationary retail locations lacking telecommunications and/or electricity needed to operate a point-of-sale terminal printer and PIN pad setup.The request for information is being issued by AMA Systems Inc. under an existing USDA contract.Contact: Woody WrightAMA Systems Inc.208 N. Washington St.Alexandria Va. 22314(703) 549-2507

Justice Department. Computer-based instructional (CBI) products. (CBD June 5) DOJ and the Information Management and Security Staff (IMSS) seek comprehensive descriptions and/or samples of CBI products addressing information/computer security specifically focused for system administrators security personnel Internet users and the general user population. DOJ/IMSS plan to evaluate CBI products for possible use in training.The purpose of this RFI is to solicit vendors to provide technical marketing and other pertinent materials on products to be considered for evaluation by DOJ/IMSS. Products should be designed primarily for individual workstations although local-area network or client/server products also will be considered. The desired solution will use WordPerfect 7.0 on 3-inch diskettes and/or CD-ROMs.Contact: Kathleen FerteJustice DepartmentProcurement Services Staff National Place Suite 10001331 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W. Washington D.C. 20530(202) 307-1960

Agriculture Department. Laboratory Information Management System. Sol. FSIS-30-W-97. (CBD June 5) The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service is seeking information on available laboratory information management systems. FSIS operates three technical support laboratories (TSLs) located in Athens Ga. St. Louis Mo and Alameda Calif.These laboratories provide analytical services in chemistry microbiology and veterinary pathology on meat poultry and egg-product samples. TSL functions are provided by a combined staff of more than 160 people who in 1996 performed more than 704 000 analyses on more than 116 000 samples. With regulatory changes under way at FSIS the number of analyses and samples is expected to increase to more than 800 000 and 200 000 respectively per year.Contact: Julie AdamsAgriculture DepartmentFood Safety and Inspection Service ASD PCSRoom 2161 South Building1400 Independence Ave. S.W.Washington D.C. 20250-3700 (202) 720-9891

U.S. Postal Service. Supplier locator database development software. (CBD June 5) USPS is looking for companies that have developed and sold a software program that supports a database giving buyers an easy quick method for locating products and services suppliers. There are a multitude of small minority and woman-owned companies that have contacted USPS and wished to be added to the bidders list. They have offered such items as personal computers laptops software maintenance support and computer programmers.The software must be able to reside on an internal Web server with access to the external Web server where companies could enter their product information. Any program must be in accordance with the Postal Computing Environment and security requirements that are available on USPS' external Web site located at www.USPS.gov/business/.Contact: Beverley J. GoodaleU.S. Postal ServiceRoom 4541475 L' Enfant Plaza S.W.Washington D.C. 20260-6238(202) 268-5286

Air Force. Development of an Internet/intranet computer application. Sol. F41999. (CBD June 6) The Air Force Non-Appropriated Funds Purchasing Office is looking to identify sources alternatives development time frames and approximate funding requirements to convert the functionality of an existing DOS-based computer application to an Internet/intranet operating environment.The communications backbone provides local-area network-based communications on DOS-compatible LANs and dial-up communication to stand-alone facilities. The system supports about 110 bases 1 000 activities and 5 000 users.The resulting system must provide end-user-transparent electronic interfaces with point-of-sale systems accounts payable and inventory as well as an electronic means of acquiring NAF IMPAC (Visa) credit card purchase transactions. Contact: George WoodardAFNAF Purchasing Office9504 IH 35 NorthSuite 370San Antonio Texas 78233-6636(210) 652-6931

The items included here have been selected from recent Commerce Business Daily issues and have been edited for space. Full text is available at cbnet.access.gpo.gov.

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