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Navy picks Porter as new CIO

The Navy last week named a longtime civilian logistics and acquisition specialist to serve as its new chief information officer. Dan Porter succeeds Ann Miller, who will continue to serve as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for command, control, communications, computers and information systems/electronic warfare and space.

Porter currently serves as the assistant deputy chief of naval operations for logistics. Before taking that job, he was the Navy acquisition reform executive from 1994 to February of this year.

GPO bill status unchanged

Supporters of a bill to overhaul the Government Printing Office continue efforts to iron out problems with the bill, but as the clock winds down on the legislative calendar, no meeting has been set in the Senate Rules Committee for a second attempt to mark up and pass the bill on to the full Senate.

The bill attempts to resolve the problem of "fugitive" government documents, publications produced by government agencies that are never cataloged and stored so the public has permanent access to them. Despite the backing of Sen. John Warner (R-Va.), chairman of the Rules Committee, and Sen. Wendell H. Ford (D-Ky.), ranking minority member of the committee, the bill has failed to move, and proponents admitted it still faces strong challenges in the House. The Rules Committee adjourned last week after it failed to reach a quorum. For the full story, see www.fcw.com.

Unisys snags Census pact

The Census Bureau is expected today to announce the award of its Decennial Local Office Equipment contract to Unisys Corp. Under the contract, Unisys will provide hardware, software and integration services that will automate about 520 temporary remote offices set up to support the 2000 census. Census will link these offices to about 12 temporary Regional Census Centers, which manage field operations. The contract, which will allow Census to lease products, is estimated to be worth $60 million to $100 million. Neither Unisys nor Census would comment.

GSA opens smart card center

The General Services Administration and the Navy officially opened a new Smart Card Technology Center on Friday. The goal of the center, which is located in the GSA headquarters building in Washington, D.C., is to demonstrate and evaluate the integration of multiple-application smart cards with other technology. The center initially will feature hands-on demonstrations from eight companies, and new applications and equipment will be evaluated every six months.

Y2K may disrupt financial aid

The General Accounting Office last week released a report warning the Education Department that Year 2000 failures could "severely disrupt'' the student financial aid delivery process, including delaying disbursements and applications.

The GAO report charges that Education was very slow in implementing a comprehensive Year 2000 program to address the problem and should focus on developing appropriate contingency plans to ensure business continuity in the event of key systems failures. Education is now accelerating its Year 2000 efforts, according to the report, but the agency remains in a position of playing catch-up.

EDS unveils Y2K database

With the Clinton administration pushing for high-tech vendors to share information on the status of their products, Electronic Data Systems Corp. last week announced the creation of what the company described as the world's largest database of Year 2000 compliance information.

Vendor 2000 provides a World Wide Web-based database of more than 129,000 hardware and software products from more than 3,400 vendors, accessible through a browser interface. The database provides full search capabilities as well as the ability to view the complete listing of products or vendors.

The database can be accessed at www.eds.com/vendor2000 and soon will be accessible from the President's Council on Year 2000 Conversion Web site at www.y2k.gov.

GTE wins JIVA software pact

The Defense Intelligence Agency awarded GTE Government Systems Corp. an $18 million contract to field and maintain its InfoWorkSpace software to intelligence centers throughout the Defense Department. The software allows users in different locations to simultaneously view and manipulate information and images and will play a key role in DIA's Joint Intelligence Virtual Architecture initiative.

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