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DOD's Valletta joins SRA

Anthony Valletta, acting assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications and intelligence, last week announced plans to join SRA International Inc. as a vice president of federal systems. Valletta, who has been acting ASD/C3I since the departure of Emmett Paige Jr., is retiring after 28 years of public service. He will begin at SRA April 13.

Mestrovich retires

Michael Mestrovich, information management executive for the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and technology, retired from government March 27. Mestrovich, who coordinated the Defense Department's electronic commerce efforts, plans to go into private consulting. No replacement has been named.

Parker leaves Education for HUD CIO

Gloria Parker, the deputy chief information officer of the Education Department, has accepted a job as CIO at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She will join HUD April 13. Parker replaces Steve Yohai, who left in October and is the CIO at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

Raytheon STX recaptures NASA pact

Following a re-evaluation of bids, NASA last week awarded Raytheon STX Corp. a $148.3 million contract for software support and related services. NASA awarded the contract to Raytheon STX, which was then part of Hughes Aircraft, last June, but NASA reconsidered proposals following a protest by long-time incumbent contractor Sterling Software Inc.

GSA signs on for FICS-21 work

The General Services Administration said it signed an agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration to help develop and manage the FAA's new $2.75 billion telecommunications infrastructure program.

The FAA's Integrated Communications Systems for the 21st Century program will replace 11 major programs, including owned and leased networks, with an integrated system. Among other things, GSA will help define telecommunications requirements and acquisition strategies for FICS-21.

Report: Fingerprint system use lacking

The Immigration and Naturalization Service's inspector general last week released a report claiming that only about one third of illegal aliens are being enrolled in an automated fingerprint system called IDENT, which the agency can use to verify the identities of aliens applying for benefits. In responding to the report, INS Commissioner Doris Meissner said the agency's use of IDENT is up and that earlier problems were based in hardware woes and staffing difficulties in INS regions with high apprehension rates.

IRS releases long-awaited Prime RFP

The Internal Revenue Service last week released the request for proposals for the Prime systems integration project, an estimated $640 million contract to modernize the agency's information technology systems and to improve customer service. The RFP had been delayed for months to include, among other things, a requirement that would allow the IRS to shift task orders to members of the winning contractor team if the IRS encountered problems, said Art Gross, outgoing IRS chief information officer. Lockheed Martin Corp. and Computer Sciences Corp. lead the two teams that plan to bid on the 15-year contract, which is expected to be awarded this year.

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