NASA's Lee said to be White House pick Deidre Lee NASA's associate administrator for procurement has been nominated as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget's Office of Federal Procurement Policy Federal Computer Week has learned.

Lee's nomination has been submitted to the White House for approval according to a source who asked not to be named. If approved Lee would replace Steven Kelman who left the position in September to return to Harvard University. In her current position Lee directs NASA procurement activities and manages all agency procurement functions. She has worked to develop procurement initiatives within NASA including midrange performance-based contracting source selection consolidated contract initiatives and single process-block changes.

Hughes appoints new president

Earlier this month Hughes Aircraft Co. appointed David C. Davisson president of Hughes Data Systems replacing E.O. Knowles. The company declined to comment on the change except to say that Knowles was being reassigned to the Command and Control Division of Hughes Information Technology Systems in Fullerton Calif.

Davisson before his appointment was a vice president of Hughes Technical Services Co. Hughes Aircraft is a prime contractor on the Air Force's Desktop V and Workstations contracts and the National Institutes of Health's Electronic Computer Store II program.

Federal Data purchases Tisoft

In the latest in a string of acquisitions Federal Data Corp. earlier this month bought systems integrator Tisoft Inc. which specializes in developing office automation and networking solutions. Tisoft has done extensive work at the Justice Department serving as the prime contractor on the Amicus II and Project Eagle programs. That experience was one of the primary draws for Federal Data which is bidding on a series of blanket purchase agreements at Justice according to Dan Young the chief executive officer at Federal Data.

GRC International nabs $100M VA BPA

The Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded a $100 million blanket purchase agreement to Vienna Va.-based GRC International Inc. for information technology services. The agreement inked last month by the department's North Texas Health Care System in Dallas will be open to all VA operations and to other federal agencies. Services covered under the BPA include systems evaluation and installation network services data management programming and facilities management.

Air Force probes possible Web hack

Air Force officials late last week were scrambling to determine how the World Wide Web home page for Air Force headquarters hosted at the Pentagon was replaced Dec. 11 with the image of an index to a military computer system parent directory.

At press time Air Force officials had not yet determined if the image was posted due to a technical error by an Air Force employee or if the page had been the victim of a hacker said R. Paul Ryan deputy administrator of the Defense Technical Information Center. Ryan said however that it appeared the image of the directory would not allow users to access the categories listed in the image of the directory.


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