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DOD delivers DMS 2.0

The Defense Department last week expected to begin delivering a new version of the Defense Message System software to eight beta sites, according to DMS program manager Jerry Bennis.

Speaking last week at the E-Gov 98 conference in Washington, D.C., Bennis said DMS Version 2.0 will be deployed to the Pentagon; Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; and the Defense Information Systems Agency, among other places. Version 2.0 replaces Version 1.1, which provided DMS users with a baseline messaging capability.

According to Bennis, the half-billion-dollar DMS is on schedule to replace the existing Autodin messaging system in December 1999.

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FAA names Donohue's replacement

Federal Aviation Administration administrator Jane Garvey yesterday named Steven Zaidman associate administrator for research and acquisitions (ARA). Zaidman replaces George Donohue, who resigned earlier this year.

Zaidman most recently served as acting deputy in the ARA associate administrator's office. Before that, he was director of the Office of System Architecture and Investment Analysis. In his new post, Zaidman will be responsible for directing FAA acquisition policy, research, system prototyping and information resources management.

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Army issues RFP for SMC II follow-on

The Army's Communications-Electronics Command last week issued a solicitation for the follow-on contract to the Small Multiuser Computer II contract. Infrastructure Architecture Solutions-1, estimated to be worth $250 million, will provide commercial hardware and software, network integration services, and engineering and support services. IAS-1 takes the place of the Army's SMC II contract awarded to Telos Corp. in 1995 for $907 million. A contract award is slated for November.

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GSA to award more MOBIS pacts

The General Services Administration this month issued a standing solicitation to award additional contracts under the Management, Organizational and Business Improvement Services and Products (MOBIS) schedule.

The contracts, which will be awarded by GSA's Federal Supply Service, cover services for consultation, facilitation, surveys and training in addition to support products such as training manuals and information on CD-ROM. The standing solicitation, which has no expiration date, was directed to vendors who did not respond to the first MOBIS solicitation last year or whose proposals were not accepted.

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