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GSA to issue FMSS solicitation

The General Services Administration last week told vendors that it will issue a solicitation for the Financial Management Systems Software schedule on or about June 19. It said GSA will conduct an open-season procurement under which vendors of mainframe-, minicomputer- and PC-based financial management systems will be allowed to add their products to the schedule.

The schedule currently includes nine vendors, and federal officials working on the program said they hope to expand the program this year to include additional vendors. The GSA notice said proposals for the schedule will be due July 21. The current contracts expire Sept. 30, 1999.

DOD opens joint EC office

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and Deputy Secretary of Defense John J. Hamre last week inaugurated the Defense Department's Joint Electronic Commerce Program Office during a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the Defense Logistics Agency.

The JECPO, a joint effort between DLA and the Defense Information Systems Agency, was formed in January and is tasked with accelerating greater use and development of electronic commerce throughout DOD.

NASA awards $40 M contract for Goddard services

NASA has selected Global Science and Technology Inc., Greenbelt, Md., for a $40 million contract to provide computer, scientific, and research and development support for the Goddard Space Flight Center.The five-year contract is a performance-based, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract. The contractor will provide research and operations via task orders.

The procurement is for research support to Goddard's Earth Science Directorate. The support will include, but is not limited to, creating computer systems and technologies to transform remotely sensed data to information for NASA research and public applications through the creation of prototype systems and validation of the technologies.

SMAC wins NIH BPA

SMAC Data Systems, Gaithersburg, Md., has been awarded a one-year, blanket purchase agreement by the National Institutes of Health to sell desktop computers, servers and notebooks. Under the contract, the value of a single order cannot exceed $100,000, but the number of orders is unlimited, said Ashok Mehan, president of SMAC. SMAC also announced that its Information Technology for the 21st Century Navy BPA has been renewed. The contract is valued at $20 million.

Government to pass off Internet domain management

The federal government is stepping down from its longtime role as central registrar for Internet domain names, according to a Commerce Department policy statement released last week.

The new policy suggests that a new, not-for-profit corporation that was formed by the private sector would assume various responsibilities for domain-name registration that are now performed by or on behalf of the federal government. Domain names are the last three letters that follow Internet addresses—- for example, .gov, .mil and .com.

The policy calls for the new corporation to be up and running by Oct. 1, with a complete transfer of all the federal government functions to the corporation by Oct. 1, 2000.

FCW garners business press awards

Federal Computer Week won first place in the category of Feature Series for Publications With Circulations of More Than 80,000 for its Peacekeeping in the Pacific special report in the national American Society of Business Press Editors awards.

The newspaper's sister publication, civic.com, which competed in the Circulation of Less Than 80,000 division, was recognized as Magazine of the Year and took a third-place prize for its cover photo on its July 1997 issue.

FCW Media Group also won five awards in the regional ASBPE awards.

Navy awards PacBell $20 million metropolitan-area network deal

The Pacific Bell unit of SBC Communications won a five-year, $20 million contract to install a metropolitan-area network that is designed to serve 13 major Navy centers and other Defense Department installations in the San Diego area.

The San Diego MAN will provide integrated voice, video and data services to major Navy commands, including the Pacific Surface Fleet headquarters as well as the Pacific Naval Air headquarters. The MAN also will serve as the gateway to the Naval Virtual Intranet, the backbone of the service's Information Technology for the 21st Century project.

Other companies believed to have bid on the San Diego MAN include units of MCI Communications, WorldCom Inc. and possibly Time-Warner Communications.

Clinton calls for more IT research funding

President Clinton said on June 5 that he plans to ask for ''significant increases'' in the federal budget for computing and communications research, and the Office of Science and Technology Policy is in the process of developing the plan.

Clinton, in a commencement address last Friday at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, did not provide any details, but he said more research funding is necessary to support technology development, citing the Internet as an example of a federally funded research program that has had a major impact on society and commerce.

FAA awards services pact

The Federal Aviation Administration last week awarded American Management Technology Inc. a contract potentially worth $62 million over seven years to provide systems and software engineering support and other services to improve the Global Positioning System for use in civilian aviation.

Heisler joins Micron

Micron Electronics Inc., Nampa, Idaho, has named Harry B. Heisler vice president and general manager— new positions in the company— of Micron's public sector.

Heisler, a former vice president of marketing at Government Technology Services Inc., will report to Joel Kocher, the president and chief operating officer at Micron. Heisler spent 10 years at GTSI before resigning in 1994.

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