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The appointment of Stan Soloway as deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform became official earlier this month. Soloway was nominated to the post in February, succeeding Donna Richbourg, who served as acting deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform following Colleen Preston's departure in January 1997. Richbourg now assumes the post of principal assistant deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform.~Upson likely choice for Va. Cabinet~Virginia Gov. James Gilmore is reportedly close to announcing his choice of a candidate to fill a revamped Cabinet-level position on technology. Industry sources say Don Upson, vice president for strategic programs at Litton/PRC Inc. and a former key Hill staff person on procurement issues, will be named to the position in May. Upson had no comment. The governor's press office said no official announcement had been made at press time.~GSA releases RFPs for phone service~The General Services Administration late last week issued two solicitations for local phone service in the San Francisco and Chicago metropolitan areas. The contracts, scheduled for award in November, are each worth up to $150 million and will run for four years followed by four one-year options.~The solicitations are the second and third to be issued by GSA's Federal Technology Service under the auspices of the Metropolitan Area Acquisition program. In February the agency issued a request for proposals for service in the New York City area. That contract is slated for award in October.~Pete Fridman, GSA's telecommunications manager on the MAA project, said the agency most likely will not issue more MAA solicitations to cover other cities until after the first three are awarded.~OMB issues EFOIA guidance~The Office of Management and Budget issued a new policy April 23 that tells agencies how to comply with provisions of the Electronic Freedom of Information Act— provisions that require agencies to tell the public what kind of records the agencies have and how to obtain them. The new policy says agencies must consolidate "in reference material or a guide'' an index of their major information systems and record locators, and it encourages agencies "as a matter of policy'' to put online their handbooks for obtaining government information.~OMB Memorandum 98-09 replaces a policy that said agencies could satisfy the law if they had set up a Government Information Locator Service, which is an electronic card catalog of agency information sources.~Software blamed for AT&T outage~AT&T chairman C. Michael Armstrong announced on April 22 that the outage this month on the company's frame-relay network was caused when a computer command to upgrade software in a network switch circuit card set off a series of administrative messages to other switches. These messages overloaded the other switches, which stopped routing data for user applications for periods ranging from six to 26 hours. The outage affected all users of AT&T's FTS 2000 frame-relay service.~Armstrong said AT&T will install upgraded software with safeguards that will prevent another such outage.Soloway appointment made official

The appointment of Stan Soloway as deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform became official earlier this month. Soloway was nominated to the post in February, succeeding Donna Richbourg, who served as acting deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform following Colleen Preston's departure in January 1997. Richbourg now assumes the post of principal assistant deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition reform.

Upson likely choice for Va. Cabinet

Virginia Gov. James Gilmore is reportedly close to announcing his choice of a candidate to fill a revamped Cabinet-level position on technology. Industry sources say Don Upson, vice president for strategic programs at Litton/PRC Inc. and a former key Hill staff person on procurement issues, will be named to the position in May. Upson had no comment. The governor's press office said no official announcement had been made at press time.

GSA releases RFPs for phone service

The General Services Administration late last week issued two solicitations for local phone service in the San Francisco and Chicago metropolitan areas. The contracts, scheduled for award in November, are each worth up to $150 million and will run for four years followed by four one-year options.

The solicitations are the second and third to be issued by GSA's Federal Technology Service under the auspices of the Metropolitan Area Acquisition program. In February the agency issued a request for proposals for service in the New York City area. That contract is slated for award in October.

Pete Fridman, GSA's telecommunications manager on the MAA project, said the agency most likely will not issue more MAA solicitations to cover other cities until after the first three are awarded.

OMB issues EFOIA guidance

The Office of Management and Budget issued a new policy April 23 that tells agencies how to comply with provisions of the Electronic Freedom of Information Act— provisions that require agencies to tell the public what kind of records the agencies have and how to obtain them. The new policy says agencies must consolidate "in reference material or a guide'' an index of their major information systems and record locators, and it encourages agencies "as a matter of policy'' to put online their handbooks for obtaining government information.

OMB Memorandum 98-09 replaces a policy that said agencies could satisfy the law if they had set up a Government Information Locator Service, which is an electronic card catalog of agency information sources.

Software blamed for AT&T outage

AT&T chairman C. Michael Armstrong announced on April 22 that the outage this month on the company's frame-relay network was caused when a computer command to upgrade software in a network switch circuit card set off a series of administrative messages to other switches. These messages overloaded the other switches, which stopped routing data for user applications for periods ranging from six to 26 hours. The outage affected all users of AT&T's FTS 2000 frame-relay service.

Armstrong said AT&T will install upgraded software with safeguards that will prevent another such outage.

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