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AF lifts BPA moratorium

Brig. Gen. Frank Anderson, deputy assistant secretary of contracting at the Air Force, this month sent a memo rescinding the service's suspension of blanket purchase agreements based on General Services Administration schedule contracts.

The memo said Air Force employees should use BPAs only when they can establish a sound business case. "Sound business judgment and competition is the foundation of the Air Force's policy on the use of the [schedule]," the memo stated.

The Air Force placed the moratorium on BPAs in October 1997 because of concerns at the Pentagon that widespread use of the vehicles would lead some contracting activities to compromise the competitive process and undermine existing Air Force procurement policies.

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GSA contract on FAST track

The regional Federal Acquisition Services for Technology, which is managed out of the General Services Administration's Kansas City, Mo., office, has awarded task orders worth more than $245 million in the first seven months of this fiscal year, according to records kept at the office. Nearly half of those orders were for items purchased from GSA schedule contracts.

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Lewis named acting DOE CIO

Howard Lewis, deputy chief information officer with the Energy Department, has been named acting CIO. He takes the place of S.W. "Woody'' Hall, who has become CIO of the Customs Service. A DOE spokeswoman said she had no information concerning how the department plans to select a permanent appointee.

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Leong-Hong joins Defense office

Belkis Leong-Hong has been named deputy director of the Defense Security Service, where her responsibilities will include information technology. Before joining DSS (formerly known as the Defense Investigative Service), Leong-Hong was deputy assistant secretary of Defense for plans and resources.

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Army taps CDT for imaging contract

Curran Data Technologies will digitize 4.3 million pages of Army personnel records during the next year under a contract with the Army Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center in Indianapolis. The Army is outsourcing the work to CDT, which will supply the equipment and personnel to process the records. The image files will be stored on optical disk and made available online through the Army Personnel Electronic Records Management System. Carol Curran, president of CDT, said the Army had not authorized the company to disclose the value of the contract.

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