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GSA to meet with FTS 2001 bidders

The General Services Administration's Federal Telecommunications Service will meet one-on-one during the first two weeks of July with prospective prime bidders on the controversial FTS 2001 long-distance service contracts.

The agency last week asked vendors to submit a list of their concerns FTS will allow vendors to expand on those issues for up to one hour at the meetings next month.

A notice issued on the FTS World Wide Web page said the agency is holding the meetings in response to "press reports correspondences and public forums" that indicated some vendors were unhappy with aspects of the FTS 2001 request for proposals. Vendors have complained that the RFP requires them to supply products and services that are significantly different than those commonly requested by private-sector telecommunications customers. The Web notice described the upcoming meetings as "an opportunity for prospective prime contractors to explain and clarify their major concerns."

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Dozen vendors: We qualify for TSM pact

A dozen companies have informed the Internal Revenue Service that they meet the agency's initial qualifications to bid on the upcoming prime contract for Tax Systems Modernization. The IRS wants to hire a firm that has at least $200 million in working capital and experience with projects with budgets of more than $300 million among other criteria.

The companies are Andersen Consulting Computer Sciences Corp. EDS Government Services GTE Government Systems Hughes Information Technology Systems IBM Corp. Litton/PRC Inc. Lockheed Martin Corp. Northrop Grumman Corp. Raytheon E- Systems Tracor Information Systems Co. and TRW Systems Integration Group. Some of these firms may still choose not to bid. The RFP will not be issued until Dec. 1.

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Gateway agrees to purchase ALR

Gateway 2000 Inc. last week said it agreed to acquire Advanced Logic Research Inc. in a proposed stock purchase valued at $194 million. The transaction would provide Gateway 2000 a build-to-order PC manufacturer with access to ALR's expertise in building high-end Intel Corp.-based servers.

Gateway located in North Sioux City S.D. had $191 million in sales on the GSA schedule in 1996 - second only to Government Technology Services Inc. ALR Irvine Calif. also markets through the GSA schedule.

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BTG nabs SEC computer services pact

The Securities and Exchange Commission awarded this month a $10.8 million computer services and support contract to BTG Inc. Fairfax Va. for the agency's help-desk operations.

BTG will partner with Novadyne Computer Systems Inc. to offer a range of information technology support services including staffing a hardware/software help desk for SEC employees dispatching trouble-shooters to SEC offices installing and maintaining systems and networks and assisting with data security.

The contract which has a potential term of four years was awarded under the Transportation Department's governmentwide Information Technology Omnibus Procurement program.

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