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SRA lands EPA contract

The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday awarded SRA International Inc. a five-year, $124 million contract to help it update its business processes and its information systems architecture.

The Information Infrastructure Architecture Support Contract (IIASC) is the fourth of five agencywide pacts that that EPA has awarded during the past two years to cover its massive systems modernization plans. SRA will advise the EPA on development of its strategic plans, help evaluate new technologies, analyze agency systems requirements, develop prototypes and assess system performance.

WEB EXTRA: For more on the contract award, go to www.fcw.com/extra.

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SRA wins first 'Safeguard' job

The General Services Administration's Office of Information Security last week made the first award under its $250 million Program Safeguard contract for critical infrastructure protection services to SRA International Inc. The contract is intended to provide a vehicle for federal agencies working to comply with the Presidential Decision Directive 63 order to protect critical information technology and physical infrastructure.

The company already has been working on a number of agencies' requirements in anticipation of the contract award, according to Michael Fox, vice president and deputy director of command, control, communications and intelligence systems at SRA.

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Sprint, MCI pick up FTS 2001 pacts

The Department of Veterans Affairs last week selected Sprint to provide domestic voice telecommunications services under the company's FTS 2001 contract with the General Services Administration. VA officials had announced earlier this month that the department also would use Sprint's FTS 2001 contract to obtain data services.

A Sprint spokesman said the U.S. Agency for International Development last week also selected the company's FTS 2001 contract to provide all of the services that USAID now buys from AT&T on FTS 2000.

Elsewhere, officials at the Agriculture Department are expected to announce today that the agency will select MCI WorldCom as its FTS 2001 vendor. Sources said the department had selected the company more than a week ago; the decision was awaiting approval late last week by upper management.

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HUD IG ponders Seat contract

The Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Housing and Urban Development is laying the groundwork for outsourcing management of its desktop computing environment.

According to sources close to the IG's office and the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service, the IG's office has asked FTS to develop a statement of work for a Seat Management contract.

The HUD IG's office, which has 700 employees, would be the second office outside GSA to use the $9 billion contract, which many agencies are discussing but few have come forward to try since its July 1998 award.

The Treasury Department, which issued a task order to implement Seat Management at its Washington, D.C., headquarters last month, expects to receive proposals from vendors today.

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Air Force BPAs go live

Two of the Air Force Standard Systems Group's three Information Technology Tools blanket purchase agreement contracts for desktop, laptop and server products are open for business.

The contracts, which replace the current Desktop V BPAs, were awarded to Dell Computer Corp., Gateway Inc. and Micron Electronics Inc. earlier this month. The Dell and Micron sites are available by going to SSG's World Wide Web site at www.ssg.gunter.af.mil and conducting a search from the Commercial Information Technology-Product Area Directorate page. The Gateway ordering site is expected to be live by April 1.

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IG: FAA programs still behind

Although the Federal Aviation Administration has made progress in its multibillion-dollar modernization effort, two key programs continue to experience problems, the Transportation Department's inspector general told a Senate panel last week.

Both the Wide Area Augmentation System, which will augment the Global Positioning System for use in civilian aviation navigation, and the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System, which will provide new controller displays and workstations in the terminal air traffic control facilities, still have cost and schedule problems, said Kenneth Mead, DOT's IG.

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