Lee confirmed for OFPP post
The Senate on July 30 approved Deidre A. Lee to be administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy.
Lee has served as associate administrator for procurement at NASA since March 1993. Before that post, she served as NASA's deputy associate administrator for procurement and as executive officer to NASA's deputy administrator.
Y2K 'Good Samaritan' bill debuts
Legislation that is intended to encourage businesses to share information on Year 2000 solutions was introduced last week in the Senate.
President Clinton's Year 2000 Information Disclosure Act— also referred to as the "Good Samaritan bill"— is intended to encourage organizations to share information about their efforts to fix the Year 2000 problem by shielding them from "frivolous and abusive litigation" down the road.
Booz-Allen wins Transcom pact
Booz-Allen & Hamilton Inc. has won a $350 million contract from the U.S. Transportation Command to design, develop and deploy a global command and control system to track medical evacuation and patient movement from the battlefield to stateside hospitals.
The Transportation Command Regulating Command and Control Evacuation System will provide in-transit visibility of patients as well as mission planning and execution tools.
NASA delays CSOC award
NASA officials have asked the two vendors bidding for the $5 billion Consolidated Space Operations Contract (CSOC)— originally scheduled to be awarded July 1— to extend their proposals for 90 days as the evaluation board reconvenes.
The CSOC source-selection officer at NASA headquarters had additional questions for down-selected bidders Boeing North American Inc.'s Space Systems Division and Lockheed Martin Space Mission Systems and Services Inc., according to a CSOC contracting officer.
Committee OKs e-forms bill
The Senate Commerce Committee last week passed a bill that would require federal agencies to distribute and accept forms electronically.
While the bill is broadly supported by industry, the Clinton administration has expressed concern that the bill would hamper agencies' Year 2000 conversion efforts.
FAA updates Y2K status
The Federal Aviation Administration said July 31 it has renovated 67 percent of its mission-critical systems that were identified as not being Year 2000-compliant. The FAA is on track to renovate all these systems by Sept. 30, officials said. Of the FAA's 433 mission-critical systems, 159 require renovation.
Gore pans health ID plan
Vice President Al Gore last week announced that the Clinton administration would oppose a plan calling for a standard identification code for health care patients unless strong privacy protections for medical records are put into place. This week, administration officials will release a proposed rule establishing standards for the security of health information used by health care providers, health plans and others.
Border law repealed
The Senate last week voted to repeal a provision in a 1996 immigration law that would have required the Immigration and Naturalization Service to create a system to keep track of who enters the United States and also account for those visitors when they leave the country.
Section 110 of the 1996 law, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, requires the INS to develop the automated entry/exit system by the end of next month.
Senate OKs 'outsourcing' bill
The Senate on July 30 approved a bill, S. 314, that would require agencies to create an inventory of government activities that are "not inherently governmental" and that might be contracted out to the private sector, including data processing. The bill will now go to the House.
Lane gets nod for OSTP post
The Senate last week unanimously confirmed Neal Lane to be director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Lane also serves as assistant to the president for science and technology, providing the president with advice in those areas. He was director of the National Science Foundation.