DOD claims victory over Year 2000
Defense Secretary William Cohen last week reassured the public that the Year 2000 computer glitch will not hamstring the Defense Department's ability to go to war and said efforts are under way to jump-start a proposed Russia/United States Year 2000 warning center that was derailed by the Kosovo conflict.
Speaking at a Pentagon press briefing last week, Cohen said 94 percent of all DOD systems and 92 percent of all of DOD's mission-critical systems - those systems that are absolutely needed in order for the military to carry out its assigned missions - have been fixed for potential Year 2000 glitches.
"There is no question that the Department of Defense will be ready to carry out its mission in the Year 2000," Cohen said.
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System Resources Corp. wins FAA job
The Federal Aviation Administration recently awarded System Resources Corp., a subsidiary of Titan Corp., a seven-year, $38 million contract to provide system engineering and analysis support. The work, which will involve the areas of airspace and airports analysis, simulation, human factors and information technology, will be done at the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center.
Appropriations bills move
The Senate late last week passed the Commerce, Justice, State, Judiciary and related agencies spending bill for fiscal 2000. Also last week, the Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee marked up its version of the bill, which includes $4.5 billion for the 2000 census.
NIH launching ERP project
The National Institutes of Health next month plans to award the first phase of a project that would replace its 25-year-old accounting, procurement, human resources and other administrative systems with a commercial enterprise resource planning system. Anthony Itteilag, deputy director for management at NIH, said the winning vendor will do a requirements analysis for the agency and advise officials about which commercial software might meet their needs.
According to industry sources, several consulting firms, including KPMG Consulting and PricewaterhouseCoopers, are competing for the buy through the General Services Administration schedule. Information about the value of the contract was not available last week, and Itteilag said NIH has not finalized a budget or timetable for the rest of the project.
Early STARS given Y2K OK
Raytheon Co. last Friday announced that it successfully completed its Year 2000 joint validation testing of an early version of the Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System.
The Federal Aviation Administration's STARS program will upgrade the aging displays and computers used by air traffic controllers to manage air traffic within a 50-mile radius around the nation's airports. The early display configuration of STARS is not the complete STARS system but rather a color display and workstation linked through an interface to the current computer system.
SCRIPS: 500 million served
The Internal Revenue Service last week said it has scanned its 500 millionth form using its Service Center Recognition/Image Processing System (SCRIPS).
SCRIPS is a data-capture, management and storage system that processes three forms for the IRS: the 1040EZ, Information Return Processing Form 1099 and Federal Tax Deposits. New Hewlett-Packard Co. N4000 servers are being installed to further increase system speed, capacity and growth potential.
The system, which was developed by Logicon Inc., was deployed in 1994 and is used at five regional service centers: Austin, Texas; Cincinnati; Kansas City, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Ogden, Utah.
It also is used at the IRS national office in New Carrollton, Md.
USGS puts drought on Web
An exhaustive and up-to-date profile of drought conditions in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia is available on a World Wide Web site developed by the U.S. Geological Survey.
You can click into "Drought Watch '99" at md.water.usgs.gov/drought and get the latest reports about stream and ground water conditions, read about current and forecasted weather conditions and find out how the drought is affecting agriculture.