NASA unveils outsourcing draft RFP
NASA last week released the draft request for proposals for its Outsourcing Desktop Initiative for NASA (ODIN) which will turn over the selection and design of its information systems to private contractors.
Now each NASA center is responsible for selecting systems and products to meet agencywide standards. But with ODIN a nine-year contract worth an estimated $750 million to $1 billion all contractors will be jointly responsible for system-level and product-level selection and integration testing to ensure interoperability and functionality with NASA's information technology requirements. Industry comments on the draft RFP are due by Oct. 1 and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center plans to issue a final RFP Nov. 12. The award is scheduled for the first quarter of 1998.
GSA releases disaster-recovery RFP
The General Services Administration last Friday released the final request for proposals for a governmentwide disaster-recovery procurement that will cover centralized and distributed computing. The Federal Systems Integration and Management Center's Computer and Communications Recovery Services program will provide backup services for mainframes midrange systems PCs and local-area networks [FCW March 10]. The program will succeed a $50 million disaster-recovery pact that GSA awarded to Comdisco Inc. in 1993.
Comdisco and SunGard Computer Services Inc. are expected to bid on the deal although officials at those companies could not be reached for comment. The RFP is available from the Federal Computer Acquisition Center (Fedcac) at www.gsa.gov/fedcac.
Fedcac issues seat-management draft
The General Services Administration late last week issued a second draft request for proposals for its Seat Management Contract to offer desktop outsourcing services governmentwide. Christopher Wren technical manager of the contract at GSA's Fedcac said his organization did not have time to "flesh out" some sections of the initial draft RFP in time for its release in July. Although the first draft covered about 85 percent of GSA's seat-management model the second draft will iron out the remaining issues.
The latest draft RFP offers new information on requirements for training software support and incremental changes needed in customers' computing infrastructures. Vendors will have until Sept. 12 to offer comments on the new draft and Wren said he hopes to release a final RFP by Oct. 1.
NSF will not approve supercomputer
After a ruling two weeks ago by the Commerce Department that NEC Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. tried to dump supercomputers in the U.S. market the National Science Foundation has decided not to approve the procurement that generated the case.
Cray Research Inc. a subsidiary of Silicon Graphics Inc. had charged the Japanese firms offered vector supercomputers to the National Center for Atmospheric Research at below fair-market value. NSF director Neal Lane said last Friday that the agency would work with NCAR to obtain the computing capacity it needs another way.
Anteon to purchase Vector Data Systems
Anteon Corp. a Fairfax Va. technology and engineering services company last week agreed to acquire Vector Data Systems Inc. an Alexandria Va. company that specializes in command control communications computers and intelligence systems.