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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.

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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.

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