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SSG alters BPA strategy

The Air Force Standard Systems Group last week indicated that it might open up its Information Technology Tools program to a wider range of resellers than originally anticipated.

Under the new strategy, SSG still intends to send invitations to vendors that are included in a past-performance survey published by FCW Media Group Inc., the parent company of FCW. However, SSG also has provided a questionnaire on its World Wide Web site for other vendors that are interested in submitting bids. Questionnaires are due by May 21, with awards expected by July 7.

At present, SSG plans to request bids from Comark Federal Systems, EdgeMark Systems Inc., Government Micro Resources Inc., GTSI, McBride & Associates Inc., Presidio Corp., Pulsar Data Systems, Westwood Computer Corp. and World Wide Technology Inc.

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Agencies to build security network

A group of agencies has completed the initial model of a governmentwide network that will provide a common center for response to cyberattacks on agencies.

The Federal Intrusion Detection Network (FIDNET) is intended to provide all agencies with intrusion-detection systems that will enable agencies to locate incidents across the government as soon as they occur, according to Tom Burke, assistant commissioner of information security at the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service, speaking last week at the Outlook 2000 conference in Falls Church, Va. The network also will serve as a center for analysis of intrusions or attacks.

GSA, the Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office, the National Security Agency and the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center are developing FIDNET as part of President Clinton's directive to protect mission-critical systems.

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Union requests outsourcing halt

The American Federation of Government Employees last week asked Congress to impose a moratorium on further contracting out by the Defense Department because thousands of government employees may lose their jobs.

AFGE asked Congress to require Pentagon officials, among other things, to prove that their "unprecedented reliance" on contractors is saving money, to stop contracting out work without giving federal employees opportunities to defend their jobs and to stop using contracting out "to undercut federal employees on their wages and benefits.''

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