GTSI, Win nab tdA-3

The Internal Revenue Service late Friday awarded the remaining pacts of the Treasury Department's program for procuring software, workstations, notebook computers, monitors and printers.

Government Technology Services Inc. and Win Laboratories Ltd. each won Treasury Department Acquisition 3 contracts. GTSI's contract is worth about $16.6 million, and Win's contract is worth about $18.5 million, according to an IRS spokeswoman.

The first of the tdA-3 indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts was awarded earlier this month for about $15.6 million to SMAC Data Systems Inc., Gaithersburg, Md., said Alycia Dougans Taylor, an IRS contracting officer.

Joel Lipkin, vice president of business development at GTSI, said his company will provide desktops, notebooks and servers supplied by Compaq Computer Corp.

"We competed with Win when they had the tdA-2 contract," Lipkin said. "I'm sure we're both looking forward to competing again."

"We look forward to continuing to work with Treasury, [and] we look forward to competing with GTSI again," said Mark Magnussen, vice president at Win. Manassas, Va.-based Win will provide its own workstations, servers and notebooks, and it will supply software from Microsoft Corp., Lotus Development Corp. and Corel Corp.

The tdA-3 contract, worth a total of $50.7 million, replaced tdA-1, which was held by GTSI, and tdA-2, which was held by Win. Both tdA-1 and tdA-2 expired last year.

SMAC has been selected as the only small business for the coveted tdA-3 contract. The contract provides for the purchase of workstations, notebook computers, servers, printers, networking products, peripherals, software and related services.

"We are ready and eager to provide for the Treasury Department's hardware and software needs for the next two years," said Bobby Khullar, executive vice president of SMAC and leader of the Treasury marketing team. "It will be a tall order for the small manufacturer to become a major supplier to a mega-department of government with 12 huge operating bureaus, but SMAC appears to be up to the challenge."

Last year, the Treasury Department awarded four blanket purchase agreements to serve as a bridge until the tdA-3 contract was awarded.

Dan McLaughlin, chief of the departmental systems branch of the IRS, said the tdA-3 awards will not mean the demise of the BPAs. "What we are planning is to have the tdA-3 working together in a marketplace with the BPA holders to fulfill customers' needs," McLaughlin said. "I don't foresee a problem with that."

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