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Gun-check system on track

Attorney General Janet Reno last week announced that the FBI is on track to meet a Nov. 30 deadline to develop a controversial system that will run instant background checks on gun buyers.

The FBI plans to have the National Criminal Instant Background Check System running this month to check if a gun buyer can legally purchase a firearm.

The FBI had proposed charging a user fee for the system. But the omnibus appropriations bill signed into law by President Clinton last month prohibits the FBI from charging the fee, instead appropriating $22 million in new money to operate the system.

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U.S. Mint names Fletcher CIO

The U.S. Mint has appointed Jackie Fletcher as its chief information officer, the agency announced last week. Fletcher was the agency's assistant director of information resources management and led the project to develop the Mint's enterprise planning system.

Fletcher began her 28-year federal career as a stenographer with the Federal Reserve Board and later led its Office Automation Division.

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GTSI hires ex-EDS marketing chief

Government Technology Services Inc. has hired Joe Draham, former vice president for marketing at EDS Corp., as vice president of customer marketing, a spokeswoman for the company said.

Draham, who left EDS in a restructuring in October, starts his new job Nov. 2.

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Hill asks Army to halt consolidation

Members of Congress recently urged Army Secretary Louis Caldera to stop efforts to consolidate the Army Materiel Command until Congress can review and analyze how the consolidation will affect military readiness.

In a letter dated Sept. 29, 16 congressmen said they were "deeply troubled" that the Army is considering downsizing AMC.

"Because of the importance of [AMC's]...mission, we believe that any move to consolidate or reduce functions must be studied in depth to ensure that there is no reduction in vital readiness capabilities," the letter said.

AMC oversees a wide range of logistics operations, including the management of supplies and spare parts for use by troops on the front lines. AMC also is responsible for the Wholesale Logistics Modernization Program, a $1 billion effort to upgrade the Army's logistics system.

According to the letter, "There has been no analysis on how reshaping efforts would affect readiness, despite AMC's central role in overseeing the Army's logistics mission."

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