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Viasoft gains federal customers

Viasoft Inc. last week said it has six federal customers that have agreed to use its Year 2000 conversion tools under a federal pricing program launched earlier this year.

The customers are the Air Force the Agriculture Department's Rural Development Agency the U.S. Postal Service's Memphis Tenn. operations and three Army installations.

The agencies are participating in Viasoft's US2000 program which allows agencies to lease tools based on annual maintenance fees rather than paying for a license.

Joseph Di Stefano director of federal operations at Viasoft said the company is discussing US2000 arrangements with a dozen other federal organizations.

SRA wins $17.8 million CIO-SP awards

SRA International Inc. was awarded two task orders worth a total of $17.8 million through the National Institutes of Health's Chief Information Officer Solutions and Partners program. The company will provide information system life-cycle management support for the Military Traffic Management Command and technical services support to the Military Sealift Command over the next five years.

TIS sets ship date for DMS firewall

Trusted Information Systems Inc. (TIS) announced last week that its National Security Agency-approved Gauntlet Firewall for the Defense Message System (DMS) will begin shipping in September.

This latest addition to the Glenwood Md.-based company's offerings will provide the Defense Department and other federal agencies with a security solution designed specifically for the government's DMS requirements. The firewall project was funded under an NSA contract awarded last spring.

Three other vendors also were offered development contracts by NSA and have firewall products that have met the government's requirements for DMS. The vendors are Secure Computing Corp. V-One Corp. and Wang Federal Inc. (now Wang Government Services Inc.) .

GTSI reports loss lower sales

Government Technology Services Inc. recently reported a net loss of $3 million on revenue of $94.5 million for its second quarter ended June 30.

The second-quarter net loss is more than double the company's loss of $1.4 million for the second quarter of 1996. Revenue meanwhile declined from last year's $100.8 million total for the second quarter.

The company attributed the loss to increased personnel costs and the fact that no tax benefits were recognized for the first half of 1997. GTSI's report was based on unaudited financial results.

Star acquires Intrafed

Star Technologies Inc. Sterling Va. has purchased Intrafed Inc. a Potomac Md.-based vendor of data capture software for $1.9 million and 2.6 million shares of Star common stock. The sale was announced in late July.

The company will be operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Star under the name PowerScan Inc. PowerScan is the name of one of Intrafed's flagship products a software package that controls high-speed scanners. Intrafed's customers include the Army the Navy the Census Bureau and the CIA.

ISS adds gear to ULANA II SEWP II

Internet Security Systems Inc. announced last week that its security products have been added to two federal contracts.

The company's Internet Scanner which is network software designed to protect organizations from security breaches has been added to the Air Force's Unified Local-Area Network Architecture II (ULANA II) pact held by Electronic Data Systems Corp. The company's Safesuite product line which is designed to provide network security assessment and monitoring has been added to NASA's Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement held by Unisys Corp.'s Federal Systems Division. Internet Scanner is included as part of Safesuite.

Navy plans high-performance computer upgrade

The Naval Command Control and Ocean Surveillance Center's Research Development Test and Evaluation Division (NRaD) plans to buy a new high-performance computer to upgrade the parallel-processing systems it uses for research and development. NRaD said in a Commerce Business Daily request for information last week that it is looking for a system that supports Unix and Microsoft Corp. Windows NT platforms.

The agency currently uses three supercomputers: a Convex Exemplar SPP-1600/XA and two Intel Paragon XP/S-25 machines.


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