Set-Asides

Next FMS sked detailed

The General Services Administration and the CFO Council last month sent a memo to the Office of Management and Budget detailing plans for the next generation of the Financial Management System Software (FMSS) schedule and asking OMB to modify the Federal Acquisition Regulation to reflect the changes.

GSA is developing a nonmandatory contracting process for the schedule following criticism from agencies and vendors that several popular financial management software companies are not on the current mandatory schedule. The memo outlines each step GSA is taking and identifies exactly what the new schedule will include.

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Guard's project too costly

The Coast Guard's Deepwater Capability Replacement Project, which will replace or modernize the agency's ships and aircraft and make use of satellites and improved detection capabilities, may run into major financial obstacles, according to a General Accounting Office report released this month.

With a projected cost of $500 million a year over 19 years— except for a cost of $300 million in fiscal 2001— expenditures for the project would take "virtually all of the Coast Guard's projected spending for all capital projects," GAO concluded. The Coast Guard agreed to try to improve its acquisition process, according to the report.

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DLA closes design center

The Defense Logistics Agency last week pulled the plug on a center responsible for managing and developing information systems.

DLA shut down the Systems Design Center, which oversees information systems operations and development at nine DLA sites nationwide, after an internal agency study concluded that outsourcing and downsizing would save money for the agency.

The center's operational personnel will be reduced from 950 to about 570 over the next seven years.

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