Flyzik gets nod as Treasury CIO
James Flyzik has been officially appointed as the Treasury Department's deputy assistant secretary for information systems making him the chief information officer for the department. The appointment had been expected for several months.
Flyzik now plans to proceed with a reorganization of Treasury's information resources management operations. Treasury officials including Flyzik have described the restructuring as a way to align IRM functions more closely with end-user needs.
Commerce: Japan dumped super CPUs
The Commerce Department ruled last week that Japanese companies NEC Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. illegally sold vector supercomputers in the United States for as much as 454 percent less than fair market value confirming a preliminary finding earlier this year.
The International Trade Commission must confirm the ruling within 45 days for the U.S. government to collect tariffs that would have to be paid if these systems were sold at fair-market prices. Cray Research Inc. a subsidiary of Silicon Graphics Inc. filed the complaint more than a year ago.
NSA NIST promote security products
The National Security Agency and the National Institute of Standards and Technology last week announced a partnership to encourage the establishment of private-sector security product testing laboratories. NSA this year chose to abandon the security-testing business in favor of fostering the development of accredited private-sector laboratories [FCW July 21].
The partnership called the National Information Assurance Partnership will promote demand for investment in security-enhanced products according to officials from the two agencies.
Unisys nabs IT portion of Energy pact
Unisys Corp. announced last week that its Federal Systems Division was awarded a $19 million subcontract from Babcock & Wilcox Co. the prime contractor for the Energy Department's remediation and site transition project at its Mound site in Miamisburg Ohio.
Unisys will provide business systems integration telecommunications operation and maintenance stakeholder communications and applications development and migration on the five-year performance-based contract which has an estimated total value of $425 million. As a nuclear research development and production plant the Mound site will be transitioned to a technical and light-industry center that is compliant with environmental standards.
AFCEA launches civilian chapter
The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association launched its first civilian chapter last week at the National Institutes of Health. Robert Guerra a consultant who is president of the new Bethesda Md. NIH AFCEA chapter said the group aims to attract vendors and agency officials involved with civilian information technology applications particularly those located in Maryland.
Leamon Lee associate director for administration with NIH and the chapter's chairman said companies that have "never tapped this market before" are finding new opportunities in the wake of Defense downsizing. AFCEA officials said the organization whose members have traditionally included Defense contractors and Defense Department employees is trying to broaden its reach.