HUD CIO Yohai to retire next month

Steven Yohai the chief information officer of the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced last week his intention to resign saying he had completed the career goals he had set.

Yohai who oversees HUD's $200 million information technology budget has served as the agency's head of information resources management for nearly two years. He plans to leave his federal post Oct. 24 and is now looking for new work in the public and private sectors. HUD officials have not yet appointed anyone to serve as acting CIO.

FBI awards SAIC forensic IT support pact

The Federal Bureau of Investigation this month tapped a team led by Science Applications International Corp. to support a wide range of forensic computer systems which the law enforcement community uses to crack crimes.

Under the five-year $47 million Forensic Science Computer Applications contract SAIC and contract partners Spectrum Technologies Microsoft Consulting Services and Pace Infotec will perform a variety of information support functions including work for the FBI's Combined DNA Index System which links biological evidence recovered from a crime scene with evidence from other crime scenes and convicted sexual offenders.

GTSI garners Army BPA

Government Technology Services Inc. last week captured a blanket purchase agreement in which the company will provide Microsoft Corp. software upgrades and maintenance to Army users.

The pact awarded by the Army Communications-Electronics Command Acquisition Center could result in orders to GTSI worth in excess of $10 million according to Cecom. Brian Hunter GTSI's proposal and program manager on the deal said the BPA runs through March 1999.

USPS narrows field for Unix buy

The U.S. Postal Service pre-qualified four vendors to bid on its estimated $300 million Scaleable Midrange Computer Requirement procurement that would provide Unix-based systems for its sites nationwide. The vendors are Digital Equipment Corp. IBM Corp. Sun Microsystems Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.

USPS plans to make a single award shortly with initial shipments to start as early as November followed by a potential national rollout starting in February next year.

U.S. can collect supercomputer tariffs

The International Trade Commission last week confirmed an August ruling by the Commerce Department that Japanese companies NEC Corp. and Fujitsu Ltd. sold vector supercomputers in the United States for as much as 454 percent less than fair-market value. The decision enables the government to collect tariffs from these companies equivalent to what they would have paid if they had sold the products at market prices.

Two chosen for AMIS III

The Defense Supply Service late last week awarded Cost Management Systems Inc. and Computer Information Technology Inc. the Acquisition Management Information Systems III contract which is valued at $33 million. The winners will provide support to the operation of automated acquisition systems including development of local- and wide-area network interfaces.


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