The Interceptor has folded his antennas for the month to take some much-needed R&R overseas. In the interim, the FCW staff has erected new dishes to intercept the latest talk on the street at the Defense Department and civilian agencies.


VICE GRIP. It wasn't many months ago that retired Adm. William Owens, a former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made good on his word. Owens, who had joined Science Applications International Corp. in March 1996, quit earlier this year when it looked as if he wasn't going to hit a goal he had set for himself: to reach the level of chief executive officer within two years.

He made it only as far as vice chairman and chief operating officer because CEO

J. Robert Beyster gave no indication that he would be leaving the position any time soon. So Bill bid bye-bye to Beyster in June.

Now Bill is back. But not at SAIC. Our antennas have intercepted word that Owens has joined Teledesic LLC, the Bill Gates-sponsored company endeavoring to create a satellite network that will serve as an "Internet in the sky."

But Owens still is not CEO— at least not right now. Teledesic already has a pair of co-CEOs, Craig O. McCaw and Steven Hooper. So Owens, it seems, will settle into a position that's pretty familiar: vice chairman.


ISI RFP PDQ? To all the folks who were expecting a June release of the request for proposals for the $430 million FBI Information Sharing Initiative, hang in there.

Early this month, word on the street had it that the RFP might surface by the middle of this month. Now the word from those in the know is that the RFP should surface closer to the end of the month. We intercepted word a while back from a high-ranking FBI IRM official that the RFP was being held up by a few technical questions from an Office of Management and Budget group that was helping the FBI and the Federal Computer Acquisition Center fine-tune the RFP.


NONSTOP ITOP. The Transportation Department last week released a solicitation for its $10 billion Information Technology Omnibus Procurement follow-on contract— this coming in the wake of a letter sent by the Coalition for Government Procurement to Congress last month asking that ITOP II be brought to an untimely end. Meanwhile, DOT set up an ITOP booth at last weeks' E-Gov show in Washington, D.C. Our conclusion: It does not appear ITOP II will be going away any time soon.


JOHNNY ON THE SPOT. Our 17th Street antenna has intercepted messages that John Spotila, general counsel at the Small Business Administration, will be the next administrator of OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.

Spotila is Clinton's apparent choice to replace Sally Katzen, according to a source with OMB ties. The position has been vacant for several months since Katzen left to take a White House job as the deputy director of the National Economic Council.

An SBA spokeswoman would neither confirm nor deny that Spotila is a candidate for the job.


ACES IN THE HOLE? Less than a year after award, the Army's four services-oriented blanket purchase agreements appear to be dead in the water. Business on the Army Corporate Enterprise Solutions (ACES) BPAs has been dismal from the start, vendors said. Now the Army has awarded three separate BPAs— Army Leasing 1— for seat management services that can readily be had through ACES.

According to one source, the Army still hopes to drive some business through ACES— which also offers a range of other services— but has decided to start from scratch with seat management now that the topic is in vogue.


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