Davis to pursue co-op purchasing Rep. Thomas Davis (R-Va.) last week said he will reintroduce early next year cooperative purchasing legislation that would allow state and local governments to purchase products and services from the General Services Administration's multiple-award schedule. Language included in the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act that would have permitted cooperative purchasing was repealed as part of the Treasury-Postal appropriations bill this fall.Baker unveils digital signature bill

Rep. Richard Baker (R-La.) last week introduced a bill that would allow citizens or government employees to digitally sign any federally required communication that was previously limited to handwritten signatures on paper forms. The Electronic Financial Services Efficiency Act of 1997 also instructs agencies to consider electronic communications as equivalent to written signatures on paper forms.

To support the increase in standards for this requirement the bill calls for the creation of a National Association of Certification Authorities which would register any person or group wishing to provide electronic authentication services in the United States. The bill would require the association to form a committee to develop criteria for emerging electronic authentication technology. The committee would report to the Treasury Department secretary.Army preps $1B modernization program

The Army's Communications-Electronics Command last week held a pre-solicitation conference for its Wholesale Logistics System Modernization a project that industry sources said would be worth about $1 billion.

The project is designed to explore alternatives for upgrading procedures and information technology used by the Army Materiel Command's logistics management organizations. A full solicitation planned for next year is expected to attract a large cut of the systems integration community sources said.USPS joins smart card pilot

The U.S. Postal Service said it will participate in a smart card pilot test sponsored by Chase Manhattan Bank Citibank MasterCard and Visa in New York City.

By the end of this month four post offices on New York's Upper West Side will accept stored-value smart cards that customers can use to purchase retail services without having to exchange cash. New retail terminals being installed nationwide under USPS' Point of Service One contract will support the use of credit cards phone cards and smart cards. Rossotti confirmed as IRS head

Charles Rossotti former chairman of Fairfax Va.-based American Management Systems Inc. last week was sworn in as commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.

The event brings an end to a five-month confirmation process which began when President Clinton nominated Rossotti in July. State CIO post open

Liza McClenaghan chief information officer of the State Department this month was promoted to the director of management policy and planning staff at State. A replacement has not yet been named.


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