Senate passes DOD budget bill
The Senate last week overwhelmingly passed the fiscal 1998 Defense appropriations bill cutting some information technology programs while adding to others.The Senate's additions included $73 million for an oceanographic research ship for the Navy as well as $50 million for the Clementine II moon-mapping spacecraft.
The Senate gave $101 million - $20 million less than Clinton's request - to the Pentagon's Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration project which is designed to rapidly transition commercial technologies to the military.The Senate also increased funding for DOD's High-Performance Computing Modernization Program by $25 million for a new total of more than $151 million.
OMB researching IDIQ limits
The Office of Management and Budget is looking into the market limits on the number of governmentwide indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contracts for information technology products.
Steven Kelman administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy this month said one option is to require these programs to capture a specific share of sales. If they do not agencies could not keep the contracts open to others. Kelman said OFPP will not make any decisions on such a policy until next year.