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USPS inks five Y2K pacts

As expected the U.S. Postal Service earlier this month signed ordering agreements with five companies to provide wide-ranging Year 2000 work. The companies are Keane Federal Systems Inc. Science Applications International Corp. SRA International Inc. Unisys Corp. and Amdahl Corp. The agreement with Amdahl is only for software revisions to that company's proprietary software and equipment. The agreements could be worth $100 million according to estimates [FCW June 9].

CSC wins Navy BPA

Computer Sciences Corp. reported last week that the company has received a services-oriented blanket purchase agreement from the Navy.

The Engineering and Technical Support Services BPA was signed with the Naval Command Control and Ocean Surveillance Center San Diego Calif. The pact runs through March 1999 with an option through March 2002.

Toshiba systems headed for GSA

Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. immediately will add the newly announced Equium 6260M desktop PC to the General Services Administration schedule.

The Equium 6260M features Intel Corp.'s 266 MHz Pentium II processor 32M of memory a 4G hard drive and a 16X CD-ROM drive. GSA pricing is not available yet but the product's retail pricing starts at $2 799.

The product will be offered through Government Technology Services Inc.'s GSA schedule. Toshiba also soon will add its Portege 300CT notebook to the GSA schedule said Jan O'HARA the company's federal sales manager. The 300CT announced in June is a 3.8-pound notebook that runs Intel's 133 MHz Pentium with MMX technology chip. GSA pricing is set at $3 339.

Hewitt resigns from GTSI board

Thomas Hewitt president of Federal Sources Inc. recently resigned from the board of directors for GTSI. A press release said Hewitt resigned for "personal reasons." Hewitt could not be reached for comment.

Comark moves to new offices

Comark Federal Systems recently moved its headquarters from Gaithersburg Md. to Northern Virginia.

The reseller's new address is 4433 Brookfield Corporate Drive Suite A Chantilly Va. The phone number is (703) 227-2900. The move places the reseller closer to manufacturers and customers according to a company spokeswoman.

Ingram adds vendors to fed program

Ingram Micro last week announced that it has added 34 vendors to its government reseller program.

The companies added to Ingram Micro's Partnership America program are Attachmate Corp. Avatar Peripherals Inc. Boca Research Inc. Brother International Inc. Canon USA Inc. Celestica Century Software Citizen Command Communications CyberMedia Inc. Digi International Inc. Fargo Electronics Inc. GoldenRam Hansol Hitachi Internetworking In Focus Systems Integrated Technology Intersolv Inc. Iomega Corp. Kids USA Lancast Inc. Milan NCE Storage Solutions nStor Corp. Inc. Number Nine Visual Technology O.R. Technology Panasonic PORT Simple Technology Inc. Telebit Vocaltec White Pine Software and Xtend Micro Products. Participants in the program offer discounts to government resellers.

Wang announces secure PCs

Wang Laboratories Inc. last week introduced a new line of Tempest and Zone Secure personal computers for defense agencies and customers that require highly secure systems.

The P33T Tempest and Zone Secure systems - all Windows 95-ready - are available with Pentium 133 MHz 166 MHz or 200 MHz processors and come with built-in Energy Star Advanced Power Management. Wang also offers 2G and 4G removable hard disk drives.

The Tempest and Zone products based on commercial off-the-shelf technology are designed to prevent data from being radiated electronically and intercepted by unauthorized users. All internal options must be installed by Wang-certified engineers to ensure system integrity according to Wang.

NetManage to acquire NetSoft

Bringing together two companies that specialize in PC connectivity software NetManage Inc. Cupertino Calif. last week announced it had signed a definitive agreement to acquire NetSoft Irvine Calif.

NetManage develops software for linking PCs to Unix-based host systems and mainframes over Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol and applications for messaging and collaborative computing. NetSoft focus on connectivity between PCs and mainframes. Both companies do business in the federal market.

Under the terms of the agreement NetManage will pay $26 million in cash for all the outstanding shares of NetSoft. The transaction is expected to close next month NetManage said.

- Compiled by Colleen O'HARA and John Moore.

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