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DeSeve leaving OMB for private sector

G. Edward DeSeve, whose nomination as deputy director of management in the Office of Management and Budget was never confirmed by the Senate, has announced plans to leave government at the end of the month for a job with the consulting company KPMG LLP.

DeSeve will become national industry director for the federal segment in KPMG's public services practice. He will be based in Washington, D.C.

President Clinton nominated DeSeve to be deputy director of OMB in March 1998. The nomination was unanimously approved by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, but it was never taken up by the full Senate.

DeSeve said it was not the strains of the nomination process that forced his decision. "The opportunity with KPMG came up in December, and it was an opportunity that I thought was excellent, and the timing just couldn't be better for me," he said. Nevertheless, sources said the Senate's delay in ratifying his nomination caused tremendous frustration.

"Ed carried no baggage in terms of his qualification for the position, and I think that Congress is playing games, and that's very unfortunate because a competent individual was lost in the process," said Gary Bass, executive director of OMB Watch, a consumer watchdog group.

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EPA to create central IT fund

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to establish a central information technology fund that eventually will provide $30 million a year for systems modernization projects.

The plan, tucked into the agency's fiscal 2000 budget, aims to provide more predictable funding for multiyear IT

projects and encourage agency program offices to build systems that conform to the agency's future IT architecture, according to EPA. For the complete story, go to www.fcw.com/extra.

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GAO raps Customs ACE project

The General Accounting Office said last week that the Customs Service cannot say for sure whether its $1 billion modernization program will deliver the benefits it promises. The report, issued March 3, said Customs has not determined what benefits each of the 21 stages of its Automated Commercial Environment will bring. The agency will not know whether the project's expected return is being realized "until it has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars," the report said.

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Trust tracking may be outsourced

The Senate last week said it may turn over to a private company the management of American Indians' trust funds because of ongoing management failures.

Senators meeting in a joint hearing of the Indian Affairs Committee and the Energy and Natural Resources Committee voiced support for outsourcing to industry the management of the funds because of the inability of the Interior Department to fully account for about $2.4 billion. The money represents income due to Indians from lands awarded to them by treaties with the U.S. government but leased to oil, gas and timber companies. For the complete story, go to www.fcw.com/extra.

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IRS to recompete TIPSS

The Internal Revenue Service last week issued a draft request for proposals for a follow-on to its Treasury Information Proc-essing Support Services contract. Under TIPSS-2, IRS plans to award at least eight contracts in four task areas - information systems, telecommunications, organizational management and operational support - with a partial set-aside for small businesses. The contracts would be open to the entire Treasury Department, although IRS would be the main customer.

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SMAC wins first tdA-3 pact

The Internal Revenue Service expects to award in two weeks the remaining of the Treasury Department Acquisition contracts for the purchase of software, workstations, notebook computers, monitors and printers. Last week the IRS awarded the first of its tdA-3 indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts for about $15.6 million to SMAC Data Systems Inc., said Alycia Dougans Taylor, the IRS' contracting officer.

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Okay departs Fed Sources

John Okay, senior vice president at Federal Sources Inc., left the company in February "to pursue other opportunities in the government IT business," he said last week. In the short term, he will do independent consulting, and he plans to stay active in the Industry Advisory Council and its telecommunications special interest group. Before joining Federal Sources in 1997, he was deputy commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service.

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