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GSA IT sked sales near $5 billion

Sales on the General Services Administration's information technology schedule for fiscal 1999 have reached nearly $4.9 billion through April, according to the Federal Supply Service.

Of that business, $1.4 billion went to small, disadvantaged and woman-owned businesses, according to GSA. This amount is partly due to agencies being allowed to count schedule sales toward their small-business goals but also is the result of FSS heavily recruiting small businesses this year, said William Gormley, assistant commissioner of FSS' Office of Acquisition.

The $4.9 billion includes sales that have gone into GSA's books since Oct. 1, 1998, which includes business that occurred during the 1998 summer buying season but was reported to GSA in October.


Pentagon OKs DOD-wide PKI policy

Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre last week approved guidelines on public-key infrastructure (PKI), clearing the way for bringing the vast DOD enterprise under a common set of rules and requirements.

Hamre's May 6 memorandum to the service secretaries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other top DOD officials "lays down the rules for DOD's use of PKI," such as digital certificate requirements and deadlines, said Richard Schaeffer, the director of infrastructure and information assurance for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence. Hamre's approval of a common PKI policy helps DOD bring together a "series of disparate, non-interoperable pilot activities and begins to focus them on a standard set of requirements," Schaeffer said.


GSA awards fourth wireless pact

The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service last week announced it awarded a $26 million contract to Motorola Worldwide Information Network Services for satellite communications products and Iridium satellite transmission services.

The contract, which will run one year with two six-month option periods, is the fourth in a series of FTS governmentwide contracts for satellite communications services. April Ramey, director of the FTS Innovation Center, said services on the contracts consist basically of voice transmission, paging and voice mail. Vendors also may offer a "cellular cassette" that connects to the phones for use in areas where cellular services are available.


GIS to help in cancer study

The National Cancer Institute has awarded AverStar Inc. a $4.9 million contract to develop a cutting-edge geographic information system to study the environmental causes of cancer. AverStar will develop the first GIS software applications to be used especially for cancer research, said Tim Rogan, director of business development with AverStar's Portland, Ore.-based Geospatial Services Group.

The system will be used to conduct a congressionally mandated study of breast cancer among residents of Long Island, N.Y., and the disease's potential links to such factors as contaminated drinking water, pesticides and municipal waste.


CACI wins Safeguard pact

The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service last week awarded a second blanket purchase agreement to CACI Inc. under FTS' Program Safeguard contract. The first contract was awarded to SRA International Inc. last month. Safeguard is a $250 million contract for information security services to help agencies develop plans to protect their critical computer infrastructure as required by Presidential Decision Directive 63. FTS plans to award up to 12 BPAs under the contract on a rolling basis.


GSA preps engineering sked

The General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service last month released the draft request for proposals for its new engineering services schedule. Services covered by the schedule will include analysis of program goals, missions, objectives and performance; configuration management; education and training; research and development; and support.


Agee moves up at TRW

Jerry Agee has been named vice president and general manager of TRW Inc.'s Federal Enterprise Solutions Strategic Business Unit. He will oversee TRW's contracts with the Treasury Department, the Census Bureau, NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Agee was most recently the program manager for TRW's Integration Support Contract with the Internal Revenue Service. He joined TRW in 1987.


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