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OMB nears new FMS reg

The Office of Management and Budget last week released the final revision of its changes to the regulation that requires federal agencies to buy all their financial management systems from a single contract.

The changes to OMB Circular A-127 will lift the requirement that agencies buy the systems from the Financial Management System Software schedule, currently maintained by the General Services Administration. Instead, agencies will be authorized to buy financial management systems from any contract, provided the systems are approved by the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program. Comments are due no later than Aug. 2.

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CDW-G wins Mint deal

The U.S. Mint has awarded a $30 million contract to CDW Government Inc., the government division of CDW Computer Centers Inc., to provide an electronic commerce system.

The Mint will use CDW's e-commerce capabilities to streamline the procurement of computers using an extranet that links seven locations, according to the company.

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DeCarlo switches to AT&T

Sara DeCarlo, former assistant vice president of marketing and business development at Bell Atlantic Federal, last week took on a new job as assistant vice president for new business development at AT&T Government Markets. She will report to John Doherty, AT&T's vice president for civilian markets.

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Forest Service buys automation wares

The Forest Service late last month awarded an $11.5 million contract under its Project 615 program, held by IBM Corp., for standard office automation software. The contract calls for 32,000 seats of Lotus Development Corp.'s Notes Release 5 and Microsoft Corp.'s Office 2000. The new software will replace the existing proprietary package from Applix Inc. that is provided by IBM.

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Bill would revamp NIST Act

House Science Committee chairman Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) last week introduced a bill to give federal agencies more help protecting their computer systems from hackers.

The Computer Security Enhancement Act (H.R. 2413), co-sponsored by Rep. Bart Gordon (D-Tenn.) and Rep. Connie Morella (R-Md.), amends the National Institute of Standards and Technology Act. The bill would reinforce NIST's role in helping agencies improve their computer security and restrict the agency's authority to establish encryption standards for use outside the federal government.

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