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Bell Atlantic wins WASP 2

Bell Atlantic Federal last week announced that it won a $125 million, 10-year contract to provide telecommunications services for the Justice Department in the Washington, D.C., area.

Under the Washington Area Switch Program 2 (WASP 2), Bell Atlantic will provide nearly 32,000 communications lines to more than 50 department locations. The company also will oversee voice-mail services, audio conferencing, attendant consoles and call center-management services.

Bell Atlantic provided similar services for 10 years under the original WASP contract.


ITOP's Berry moves to GSA

Dell Berry, manager of the Information Technology Omnibus Procurement Special Project Office at the Transportation Department, is moving to the General Services Administration later this month. Berry will be supporting GSA's Millennia Lite information technology services contract, among other responsibilities.


DOD moves users to FTS 2001

The Defense Department last week moved all of its 23,000 users of AT&T's FTS 2000 switched-voice service in the Pentagon onto the FTS 2001 network managed by MCI WorldCom.

The move brings the total number of DOD users on the new network to about 130,000, said John Johnson, the department's FTS 2001 transition manager. He said 21 out of 26 DOD sites in the National Capital Region have moved onto FTS 2001, and the remaining 50,000 users will move onto the network by the end of the month. He said 8,000 users in Crystal City, Va., will move onto the new network Tuesday.

The General Services Administration awarded one of two FTS 2001 contracts to MCI last winter. DOD subsequently chose MCI as its voice carrier and Sprint, the other FTS 2001 vendor, to carry its frame-relay data traffic.

With last week's cutover, about 20 percent of DOD's voice circuits have been switched to FTS 2001, Johnson said.


Clinton names PITAC co-chairmen

President Clinton last week named Raj Reddy and Irving Wladawsky-Berger as co-chairmen of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee. Both have been members of PITAC since 1997.

Reddy has been at Carnegie Mellon University since 1969 where he served as dean of the School of Computer Science until July. He still stands as a Simon University Professor of Computer Science and Robotics at the school.

Wladawsky-Berger has been at IBM Corp. since 1985 and is currently serving as general manager of its Internet division.


GSA awards services pacts

The General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service this month awarded the first two contracts on its new Professional Engineering Services schedule to Management Engineering Associates and MPR Associates Inc.

Services available under the schedule include planning and development; system design, engineering and integration; testing and evaluation; support; and acquisition and life-cycle management.


DataCom wins BIA pact

An Oklahoma City-based company won a $4 million award from the Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs to develop a software product that will be used for data cleanup and data validation for the bureau's controversial Indian trust fund system. The software eventually may be used throughout the department.

DataCom Sciences Inc., will develop software that will be able to run on multiple platforms and will build keys between individuals, businesses and other relationships regardless of name and address.


DOT taps Franco for Y2K post

The Transportation Department has named Gerardo Franco as the point of contact for small businesses concerned about problems stemming from Year 2000-related failures and compliance with federal rules and regulations. The Year 2000 Act required agencies to establish by Aug. 19 a point of contact for small businesses to address these issues. The act provides temporary relief for small businesses that cannot comply with federal rules and regulations because of Year 2000 problems.

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