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DOE requests $8 million for infosec

Energy Secretary Bill Richardson last week said that he is requesting another $8 million in the fiscal 2000 budget for a new computer security program to counter classified information leaks. The funds would be used to better protect DOE systems from outside attacks and to screen sensitive e-mail.

Richardson detailed his proposals in a closed hearing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The announcement followed the recent firing of a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, who is suspected of passing nuclear weapons secrets to China a decade ago.

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PSC, ITAA ask for SSG strategy review

The Professional Services Council and the Information Technology Association of America plan to send a letter today to the Office of Federal Procurement Policy asking OFPP administrator Deidre Lee to review the acquisition strategy the Air Force Standard Systems Group used to invite vendors to bid on recent contracts.

According to the PSC, the letter discusses SSG's use of an anonymous past-performance survey, which does not allow vendors to respond to a poor rating, to choose the invitees. To determine the vendors eligible to compete through established past performance, the Air Force used a survey based on ratings by Federal Computer Week subscribers issued last March by FCW Media Group Inc., parent company of FCW.

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AF taps 24 for final ITSP awards

The Air Force this month awarded a fourth and final round of 24 blanket purchase agreements under a $750 million program to provide information technology support services.

The awards bring to a close the Air Force Electronic Systems Center's Information Technology Services Program - one of the largest initiatives to buy IT services through the General Services Administration schedule.

WEB EXTRA: For a complete list of the BPA awardees, go to www.fcw.com/extra.

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Raytheon nabs $15 million AF pact

The Air Force last week awarded Raytheon Systems Co. a $15 million blanket purchase agreement to provide information technology products and services to support training programs at Air Force bases throughout the United States.

Raytheon will develop turnkey training system solutions for the Air Education and Training Command at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, including computer-based training, training devices and networking services. In addition, the company will conduct training studies, modeling and simulation, systems engineering and advisory services.

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