NASA awards $2 billion pact

NASA's Kennedy Space Center last week awarded a $2 billion contract to Space Gateway Support, Herndon, Va., to perform base operations at Kennedy and the Air Force's 45th Space Wing.

The 45th Wing includes Cape Canaveral Air Station and Patrick Air Force Base. SGS is a joint venture of Northrop Grumman Technical Services, ICF Kaiser Defense Programs Inc. and Wackenhut Services Inc.

The cost-plus-award-fee contract, called the Joint Base Operations Support Contract, requires contractors to provide proj-ect management, engineering services, protective services, logistics, information technology services, and administrative, medical and environmental services.


NARA to meet on e-records policy

The Electronic Records Work Group, an interagency panel that drafted a proposed policy for preserving the government's digital documents, plans to meet Aug. 26 to discuss agencies' reaction to the policy and possible revisions to it.

A federal court has ordered the National Archives and Records Administration, which leads the workgroup, to issue by Sept. 30 new rules for saving and destroying e-mail and other office automation files. But many agencies have said they need more time to organize their electronic records and more specifics on how to decide what documents are the most important to save.

For the complete story on agencies' reaction to NARA's proposed electronic records management, go to FCW's World Wide Web site at www.fcw.com.


Taxpayers can soon say, 'Charge it'

The Internal Revenue Service last week announced that it will allow taxpayers to pay federal income taxes by credit card for the first time starting next year.

The agency has arranged with two private companies, US Audiotex and NOVUS Services Inc., to give taxpayers more ways to pay taxes electronically.

US Audiotex in California will process credit card payments by phone from a taxpayer's home, a tax preparer or by Telefile. A taxpayer will be able to charge the balance by phone with a credit card.

NOVUS will allow taxpayers using Intuit's TurboTax or MacinTax software to file from their home PCs using cards issued by NOVUS, such as a Discover card.


Raytheon wins B-2 logistics pact

The Air Force last week awarded Raytheon Training Inc. a 10-year, $150 million contract to provide the full range of contractor logistics support services to the B-2 Bomber Training System. The system includes aircrew and maintenance training devices, hardware and software support, software and courseware development, aircrew training mission-generation systems, and academic training materials and various media.


Navy plans database RFP

The Navy last week said it was preparing a request for proposals for an enterprise database and server technology contract worth an estimated $800 million.

Nikki Isfahani, program manager for the Systems and Database Technology contract at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, said the program will combine the future requirements of the $2.5 billion Supermini contract— which offered high-performance networks, computers, software and peripherals— and the $328 million Database Machines contract— which the Navy primarily uses to buy database products and services that will help agencies move from proprietary systems to an open client/server environment. The Navy plans to award a fixed-price/cost-plus, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract by the second quarter of 1999, Isfahani said.


Flight 2000 plans revised

An industry/government working group last week unveiled details of a plan that significantly restructures the Federal Aviation Administration's Flight 2000 program, a central piece of the agency's national airspace system modernization effort.

The committee reviewed more than 70 technologies proposed for use in the program and then cut that number to nine. The group was asked to redefine the program after the Flight 2000 program plan, released last year by the FAA, failed to garner wide industry support.


Mayhew leaves CDSI

Mary Ann Mayhew left Computer Data Systems Inc. last month, two years after a reorganization in which she became president of a new business unit, Information Technology Solutions. Mayhew has been replaced by Bill Woodard, who has more than 25 years' experience in the federal marketplace. He most recently was vice president of the technology management group at Computer Sciences Corp.


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