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CDSI tapped for Senate LAN pact

The U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms late last month awarded a contract to Computer Data Systems Inc. for about $50 million worth of local-area network support services. CDSI will operate and maintain the Senate's Washington, D.C., LAN, which connects about 9,000 desktop computers and 2,100 printers. The company also will operate a help desk and provide service for all network equipment. The contract, previously held by Wang Government Services, will run for one base year with four one-year options.

IMS awarded pact for research systems

The National Cancer Institute last week awarded Information Management Services a $21.4 million contract for biomedical computing services. IMS was the incumbent vendor. The contract involves managing agency data, providing commercial and custom software for statistical analysis, and modeling and developing computer systems that NCI scientists will use for data analysis.

SBA proposes new contracting regs

Proposed regulations published April 2 by the Small Business Administration would allow federal contracting preferences for small firms that are located in economically depressed parts of the country. According to the proposal, if a firm has its headquarters in one of 7,000 "historically underutilized business zones," and at least 35 percent of its employees live in the same area, it would be eligible for set-aside contracts or price preferences.

When final, the rules will carry out a law enacted last year to augment the SBA's 8(a) set-aside program for small, disadvantaged businesses, which critics say has benefited racial minorities but excluded economically disadvantaged whites.

House passes transportation bill

The House last week passed a transportation reauthorization bill (H.R. 2400) that, among other things, encourages states to deploy intelligent transportation systems (ITS). It would provide $175 million a year for the federal ITS program and a total of $1.05 billion over six years. The Senate approved its version of the bill (S. 1173) on March 12; it would give the ITS program $1.8 billion over six years. The bills are headed for a House/Senate conference committee. ITS includes electronic toll-collection facilities and computerized control of traffic signals.

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