AmEx dumps federal charge card biz

American Express Co. last week said it plans to drop out of the competition to supply agencies with the next generation of charge cards. In February, the General Services Administration selected five banks and American Express to compete for the federal government's credit card business and to test innovative services such as smart cards and electronic commerce applications.

American Express also said it would drop out of a smart card pilot program it launched in September with the Marine Corps, in which Marines in North Carolina planned to use credit cards embedded with computer chips to purchase on-base meals, enter manifest information for troop deployments, sign out weapons and make travel plans.

Government panels name Guida to security posts

Richard Guida, a civilian Navy executive who has been serving as associate director of the Navy's nuclear propulsion program, was named chairman of the federal public-key infrastructure steering committee and the Government Information Technology Services Board's security champion.

SSA's Pianalto named Trail Boss of the Year

Vincent Pianalto, program manager for the Social Security Administration's $1.2 billion Cooperative Processing Initiative, won Trail Boss of the Year honors last week at the annual meeting of graduates of the General Services Administration's training program for project managers of complex government programs. Pianalto was recognized for leading a division that used innovative business practices to award more than 1,500 procurements worth more than a total of $320 million.

Special achievement awards went to Lt. Col. Milo Fogle at the Defense Information Technology Office in the Defense Information Systems Agency for reshaping DISA's contracting methodologies; Keith Holman at the Internal Revenue Service for innovative acquisition techniques on the Treasury Distributed Processing Infrastructure; Lt. Col. James McTighe with the Air Force's Standard Systems Center for re-engineering acquisition processes at the SSC.

EPA unveils new public-access site

The Environmental Protection Agency has launched a new World Wide Web site that pulls together regulatory compliance data from five major manufacturing industries into a searchable public database.

The Sector Facility Indexing Project, located at es.epa.gov/oeca/sfi, allows the public to view information about the chemical releases, toxic spills and compliance with various environmental laws of 653 companies. The pilot project is the EPA's first attempt to format information from its disparate databases into reports that are understandable to the public.

Four chosen as best bets for FBI pact

Using past-performance evaluations, a General Services Administration contract office chose four companies out of more than a dozen that have the best chance of winning a $430 million systems integration deal at the FBI.Lockheed Martin Information Systems, Raytheon Co., Science Applications International Corp. and Unisys Corp. are front-runners for the FBI Information Sharing Initiative, according to the Federal Computer Acquisition Center, which is managing the procurement.


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