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VA switches net biz to FTS 2001

The Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to use the General Services Administration's FTS 2001 network as the vehicle that will replace the department's nationwide data network contract, which will expire this year. For the full story, go to www.fcw.com.

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NSC may lead security effort

The Clinton administration is crafting a new plan to have a senior member of the National Security Council coordinate the protection of the nation's critical computer systems, according to remarks prepared by Defense Secretary William Cohen during his visit last week to Microsoft Corp.

The same technologies that give the Defense Department an overwhelming advantage on the battlefield "also makes [the United States] increasingly vulnerable," Cohen told Microsoft employees. "Our work is part of a larger government effort to keep our information-based economy safe from disruption." For the full story, go to www.fcw.com.

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NOAA awards services BPAs

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded blanket purchase agreements for information technology services to nine vendors late last week.

The BPAs, which will be open across the Commerce Department, cover technical studies such as business process re-engineering; PC and local-area network support; telecommunications; and software development and maintenance. For the full story, go to www.fcw.com.

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BTG, GTSI finalize deal

BTG Inc. and Government Technology Services Inc. have signed agreements that reduce BTG's ownership in GTSI and transfer the responsibility of government contracts fully to GTSI, including warranty service responsibility.

The agreements also call for BTG to transfer $800,000 in cash and 200,000 shares of GTSI to the Fairfax, Va.-based company and to sell back 400,000 shares of GTSI at $5 a share. BTG also granted GTSI an option to buy the remaining 1.3 million shares of GTSI stock that it owns - 13.3 percent of the company - at $5.25 per share. For the full story, go to www.fcw.com.

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Vanstar acquisition finalized

Inacom Corp. last week announced the final approval of the merger between Inacom and Vanstar Corp. All Vanstar divisions, including Vanstar Government Systems, will now go under the name Inacom. Vanstar Government Systems will continue as a government-focused unit within Inacom, with a new World Wide Web site at www.inacomgov.com.

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