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DISA taps IBM for software pact

IBM Corp. won a $299.7 million, five-year contract for the consolidation of IBM proprietary software maintenance contracts at the Defense mainframe processing megacenters operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency, as well as the DISA Contingency Operations Center in Slidell, La. DISA estimated the value of software maintenance in the first year of the contract to be $31.9 million.

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USAID awards BPAs for IT upgrades

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the General Services Administration's Federal Systems Integration and Management Center awarded two blanket purchase agreements, worth a total of $50 million, to permit USAID to upgrade its hardware and software to make it Year 2000-compliant.

Government Technology Solutions will provide Hewlett-Packard Co. PCs and printers along with software, including Microsoft Corp.'s Office. Vanstar Federal Systems will provide IBM Corp. PCs.

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SLC director Fishman resigns

Ira Fishman, the director of the Schools and Libraries Corp., which manages a program to connect public schools to the Internet, said last week he will resign from the job Aug. 28.

A spokeswoman said Fishman resigned for personal reasons, and his departure has nothing to do with the political heat he has encountered from Congress over the Clinton administration's E-Rate program to wire public schools. The spokeswoman said Kate Moore, the SLC's chief operating officer, will take over Fishman's duties. She said a permanent replacement has not been selected yet. Fishman came under personal attack by congressional critics of E-Rate when it was revealed earlier this year that his annual salary was $200,000. A new rule adopted last month limits the salaries of SLC employees to no more than $150,000 a year.

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GAO: Year-end spending spree slows

Cuts in agency budgets and changes in procurement practices have drastically cut back on year-end, hurry-up spending, but agencies still fail to report their budget execution on time, according to a report from the General Accounting Office.

"There are more safeguards against unplanned year-end spending," the report concluded. But "agencies' failure to report and reconcile budget execution information mirrors broader financial management problems...."

Limits on discretionary spending, larger payments being made as grants to state and local governments, and Congress making funds available for longer than one year have made year-end unplanned procurements less common, according to the report.

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