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Bell Atlantic's Ghion, 58, dies

Ray Ghion, vice president of sales at Bell Atlantic Federal from 1996 until October 1998, died last week of brain cancer. He was 58.

Ghion, a Bell employee since 1968, was active in industry organizations such as the Industry Advisory Council and the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

Barbara Connor, president of Bell Atlantic Federal, expressed sadness at the void Ghion will leave. "He was not only a colleague but a friend and supporter to many of us at Bell Atlantic," she said. "He will be truly missed."

Ghion is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and two sons. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Montgomery County Hospice, 1450 Research Blvd., Rockville, Md. 20850-6101.

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Buchsbaum replaces McFarland

Tom Buchsbaum, former executive vice president at Zenith Data Systems' federal division, has been named vice president and general manager of federal sales at Dell Computer Corp.

Buchsbaum replaces Bob McFarland, who is moving to become vice president of Dell's new group for global/national business. Before being laid off as part of a corporate reorganization in 1997, Buchsbaum helped ZDS capture four contracts under the Air Force's Desktop program.

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GSA Answer hit by protest

Systems Engineering & Security Inc. has filed a protest against the General Services Administration's award of 10 contracts under a $25 billion program for nationwide information technology services.

In its protest with the General Accounting Office, SES, a Greenbelt, Md.-based 8(a) contractor, charges that GSA failed to comply with its evaluation and award criteria in awarding contracts under the Applications 'N' Support for Widely Diverse End-user Requirements (Answer) program. SES' protest also charges that GSA failed to conduct meaningful discussions with SES and failed to conduct true price considerations.

SES, however, missed the GAO deadline for halting on the contract, so work on the program is proceeding. The only way for a stay to be issued now is for SES to file a suit in federal court, according to GAO.

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IRS extends imaging program

The Internal Revenue Service last week awarded an $87.7 million contract to Northrop Grumman Data Systems to continue work on a tax form imaging program.

Awarded on a sole-source basis, the one-year contract, with an 11-month option, extends the IRS' current agreement with Northrop Grumman to scan and capture data from several simple tax forms using the Service Center Recognition/Image Processing System. The agency is deciding whether to proceed with SCRIPS or to shift the work to the Prime contract, recently awarded to Computer Sciences Corp.

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Microsoft exec joins NIH

Chris Ohlandt from Microsoft Federal will take the position of senior adviser to the chief information officer at the National Institutes of Health, effective today. He will serve under the agency's first CIO, Alan Graeff.

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Hughes wins GSA sat pact

The General Services Administration late last week awarded a contract to Hughes Global Services Inc. for up to $100 million worth of satellite communications products and services.

The governmentwide contract, which may run up to two years, will give agencies access to all types of fixed, broadcast and mobile satellite services, including UHF capacity on the Leasat 5 spacecraft.

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Paperwork bill goes to floor

A House committee last week passed a bill that would push the government to allow private citizens and businesses to file information with agencies electronically rather than on paper. The Paperwork Elimination Act of 1999 (H.R. 439), passed by the House Small Business Committee, assigns the Office of Management and Budget the job of putting the framework in place that will allow the public to submit forms and other communication to the government in electronic form.

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Army IS-1 decision expected

The Army soon is expected to rule on an agency-level protest on its award of the Infrastructure Architecture Solutions-1 contract to Telos Corp. Vanstar Federal Inc. filed the protest of the $250 million follow-on to the Small Multiuser Computer II contract in December, halting business on the IS-1 contract until the matter is resolved.

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