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Army releases $469M Stamis RFP

The Army last week put out a solicitation for the $469 million follow-on procurement to its Program Executive Office Standard Army Management Information Systems (PEO Stamis) contract. The Stamis Computer Contract II will provide commercial PC notebooks desktops and servers peripherals and network equipment and assorted services. The Army plans to award one contract for one base year and seven option years. Sysorex Information Systems Inc. is the incumbent.

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Authorities nab NASA hacker

NASA fell victim to a computer hacker last month when the Web site for its Marshall Space Flight Center was altered by a Delaware teenager.

NASA described the incident as a "cracking spree" and said it was stopped May 26 when federal authorities seized the teen's computer. The hacker whose name and age were not released replaced official NASA information with statements berating the security techniques of federal officials and expressing support for Kevin Mitnick a hacker who was indicted last year for cybercrimes.

Roberta Gross inspector general at NASA said NASA is facing more serious threats than ever before from hackers who are increasing the number and frequency of attacks.

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GDE picks up Marine Corps pact

GDE Systems Inc. last week announced it had won an estimated $15.5 million 18-month contract to develop and deliver three computer systems that the Marine Corps will use for analyzing and manipulating in real time reconnaissance imagery from the F-18 aircraft's imaging system.

The contract is part of an umbrella contract for intelligence ground systems that was competed last year and awarded to Raytheon E-Systems and Lockheed Martin. GDE Systems a unit of Tracor Inc. is a primary member of the Raytheon E-Systems team.

********LOC to unveil on-line map plans

The Library of Congress today is expected to reveal its plans to make a huge collection of historic maps available via its World Wide Web site at www.loc.gov.

To make the maps available in great detail the library will use compression software donated by LizardTech Inc. of Los Alamos N.M. a spinoff of the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Hardware donations by Hewlett Packard Co. and Tangent Color Systems to the library's Center for Geographic Information will be used to scan digitize and process the maps for display on the Web.

********Clinton to tap AMS chief to head IRS

The Clinton administration plans to nominate a computer industry executive Charles O. Rossotti the chairman of Fairfax Va.-based American Management Systems Inc. to head the Internal Revenue Service. By choosing a business and technology expert to head the agency rather than an accountant or a tax lawyer the administration hopes to make progress toward improving how the IRS is managed including how it spends hundreds of millions of dollars a year on information technology according to the administration. Rossotti helped to found AMS in 1970 and was the company's chief executive officer and president until 1992. From 1965 to 1970 he worked for the Defense Department in the Office of Systems Analysis ending his stint as the principal deputy assistant secretary of that office.

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