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HHS names deputy CIO

Brian P. Burns, the director of telecommunications and operations at the Internal Revenue Service, has accepted a new job as deputy chief information officer at the Department of Health and Human Services. He will start Aug. 16.

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Spotila confirmed at OIRA

John Spotila, formerly deputy director for management at the Office of Management and Budget, was confirmed by the Senate last month as administrator of OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs.A former New Jersey attorney and small-business owner, Spotila served as general counsel in the Small Business Administration for five years before moving to OMB in 1997. As general counsel, he acted as chief legal counsel for OMB and oversaw about 300 legal professionals across the country. Originally from Cleveland, Spotila received a bachelor's degree in languages from Georgetown University in 1968 and a law degree from Yale Law School in 1971.

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Burton fights for AT&T

Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, wrote a letter last Thursday to the General Services Administration demanding that AT&T be allowed to offer long-distance service to federal agencies by Dec. 18.

Although AT&T did not win a contract for the FTS 2001 long-distance network, Burton's letter noted that GSA's acquisition strategy would allow AT&T, as the winner of recent GSA contracts for local service, to compete for long-distance service as early as a year after the first FTS 2001 contract was awarded. That contract was awarded to Sprint on Dec. 18, 1998, and GSA awarded a subsequent contract to MCI WorldCom in January.

One industry source said GSA has been waffling on whether it will modify AT&T's local service contracts on Dec. 18—or even on any subsequent date—to allow the company to offer long-distance services.

Burton's letter, addressed to GSA administrator David Barram, said allowing AT&T to compete would create a more competitive market and would have no effect on the government's ability to meet its minimum revenue guarantees to Sprint and MCI. He asked Barram to report to him on steps he will take to modify AT&T's contracts and how long the modifications might take. He also directed GSA to inform agencies on these efforts so that they might plan their telecommunications needs accordingly.

A GSA spokesman said late Friday that officials there had not yet seen the letter and could not comment.

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HHS picks MCI for telecom

The Department of Health and Human Services last week selected MCI WorldCom to provide voice and data services through the General Services Administration's FTS 2001 contract.

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Marines turn to ITOP II

The Transportation Department last week granted the Marine Corps Systems Command clearance to purchase products and services off of DOT's Information Technology Omnibus Procurement (ITOP) II program.

The $100 million initiative, known as Information Technology Modernization 2000, will enable the Corps to purchase various technical services that will help modernize manpower, logistics and mission-critical systems throughout the service.

The Marine Corps plans to hold a vendor information conference on Aug. 10 that will be conducted jointly by Marine Corps and ITOP sponsors at the Marine Corps Research Center auditorium.

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DOE orders stand down

Energy Secretary Bill Richardson has ordered Energy Department employees outside its major nuclear weapons laboratories to stop work one day this month for security training. The stand down was advised by DOE's new security czar, Eugene Habiger.

Employees will review computer security procedures, among other topics. Workers at facilities that do classified work will go through training Aug. 3. Unclassified facilities are required to complete the program by the end of the month.

The stand down is the third Richardson has ordered since March, following revelations about alleged espionage by China.

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FMS vendors certified

American Management Systems Inc. and Oracle Corp. announced last week that their financial management systems had passed the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program's new federal certification test.When the current mandatory Financial Management System Software schedule, which uses an old certification test, expires Sept. 30., agencies will be able to buy financial systems from any contract as long as the systems have passed the new test. AMS and Oracle are the first vendors to complete the process.

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