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HUD to replace 89 financial systems

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will replace 89 separate computer systems for financial management with a network under a department-wide overhaul plan unveiled last week by HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo.

The aggressive plan called HUD 2020 is designed to transform the agency from one that has been riddled by scandal and mismanagement to one that is more streamlined and less susceptible to fraud waste and mismanagement.

Cuomo's plan proposes replacing the financial management systems many of which cannot communicate with one another with a new integrated system by mid-1999. He also proposes consolidating routine paperwork performed at the 81 HUD field offices across the country into more efficient "back office" processing centers.NSF OKs plan for Net address registry

The National Science Foundation last week approved a plan to establish the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN). The nonprofit group will take over what used to be an NSF responsibility to dole out the familiar Internet addresses which end with the tags .gov or .com. Network Solutions Inc. Herndon Va. which previously managed the addresses under an NSF contract developed the plan. NSF said in April that it would not renew its contract with Network Solutions because the Internet was no longer primarily a medium for exchanging electronic information in the scientific community.

ARIN will assume full responsibility for Internet protocol assignments and related administrative tasks formerly handled by Network Solutions. INS to issue STARS draft RFP

The Immigration and Naturalization Service plans to issue June 30 the draft request for proposals for its Service Technology Alliance Resources (STARS) program. The estimated $490 million contract will provide the agency with a full range of information technology services. Responses to the draft RFP are due to the agency July 28 following an industry conference scheduled for July 21.IEEE standard to lower wireless costs

The Standards Activity Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE) last week ratified a wireless communications standard that is expected to help bring lower costs for wireless data communications products.

The new standard called 802.11 "paves the way for mass-market components that will help drive down wireless LAN prices " said Angela Champness director of product and business development for Lucent Technologies Inc.Leading multimedia firms plan to merge

Asymetrix Corp. this week plans to announce the acquisition of Aimtech Corp. a purchase that will combine two of the leading multimedia tool companies in the federal market. Asymetrix Bellevue Wash. generates about 35 percent of its revenue from the government and education markets according to Jim Billmaier president and chief executive officer of Asymetrix. The company markets tools for creating and managing on-line learning programs. Aimtech derives 20 to 25 percent of its business from the government with the largest portion of that business coming from the military said Andy Huffman president and chief executive officer of Aimtech.

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