NARA issues draft e-records plan

The National Archives and Records Administration plans soon to recommend that agencies begin including electronic records from office automation applications in their record-preservation plans.

According to a summary of the draft report of NARA's Electronic Records Work Group, which is posted on the agency's World Wide Web site (www.nara.gov/records/grs20/reprt612.html), the new policy will tell agencies how to develop these plans and will establish a new category for records related to information systems management.

After agency officials comment, NARA plans to publish the plan in the Federal Register and seek public input.

NARA is under a court order to issue a new electronic recordkeeping policy by Sept. 30. U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman overturned the existing policy, known as General Records Schedule 20, last October, but the government is appealing that ruling.


DeSeve, Lee nominations OK'd

The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee last week approved by voice vote the nominations of Edward DeSeve to serve as deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget and Deidre Lee to serve as administrator of OMB's Office of Federal Procurement Policy. A committee spokeswoman said the nominees' names were forwarded to the Senate floor for a vote, but she said no vote had been scheduled as of late last week.


Vendor lends support to ITOP

Market research and consulting vendor Federal Consulting Services Inc. sent a letter June 19 to members of Congress expressing support for the Transportation Department's $10 billion Information Technology Omnibus Procurement (ITOP-II) follow-on contract and other governmentwide contracts.

The letter, which was addressed to Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) and Rep. Steve Horn (R-Calif.), was in response to the Coalition for Government Procurement's request earlier this month that Congress terminate ITOP-II [FCW, June 8]. According to Federal Consulting Services, ITOP-II and open competition among these contracts should be allowed to continue. The Federal Aviation Administration expects to release the solicitation for ITOP II on July 7.


FDC nabs FAA contract

The Federal Aviation Administration earlier this month awarded Federal Data Corp. a contract estimated at $35 million to provide traffic flow management infrastructure (TFM-I) hardware and software. The contract covers leasing, installing and maintaining hardware and software at FAA TFM-I sites. TFM balances air traffic demand with system capacity to ensure a safe, orderly flow of air traffic. It allows a controller to handle more aircraft with fewer delays. TFM functions are performed at the central Air Traffic Control System Command Center and at air route traffic control centers and terminal radar approach control facilities.


GAO: C2 problems increase B-2A Bomber costs

The General Accounting Office reported last week that deficiencies in the command and control systems used aboard the Air Force's B-2A Bomber limit the aircraft's ability to carry out its missions, causing the cost per plane to increase by more than $1.6 billion.

The report outlined problems with the aircraft's automated ground mission-planning system, which is required to rapidly plan and launch B-2A strike missions, as well as problems with the system that is designed to provide pilots with information on enemy threats. Two other deficiencies were identified but are not related to the aircraft's information technology systems.

The Air Force began building the B-2A in 1981, and it estimated development would cost $14.5 billion, according to GAO. However, by 1986, procurement and development costs totaled $438 million per plane. According to the report, 1998 cost estimates totaled more than $2.1 billion per plane.


Cohen opens JECPO

Secretary of Defense William Cohen this month officially unveiled the Joint Electronic Commerce Program Office, which will work on accelerating the development and use of electronic commerce throughout DOD.

The goals of the new office, a joint effort between the Defense Logistics Agency and the Defense Information Systems Agency, include integrating paperless information technologies into DOD's acquisition and logistics operations to make supporting the warfighter more efficient and effective. For more on JECPO, go to www.fcw.com.


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