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State official joins Sprint

Sprint last week named Vonya McCann its senior vice president of federal external affairs to oversee all of the company's advocacy efforts to Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Justice Department and the White House. McCann comes to Sprint from the State Department, where she served as deputy assistant secretary for international communications and information policy. She also served as principal deputy assistant secretary of State for economic and business affairs.

McCann replaces John Hoffman, who retired from the position this year.

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DOT focuses on marine transportation

The Transportation Department last week released recommendations aimed at helping the country's growing marine transportation system operate effectively and safely in the next century.

Among the recommendations is the establishment of information management systems and an infrastructure that supports the marine transportation system. This includes better hydrographic and weather information; improved vessel, cargo and passenger tracking methods; and better waterway traffic management information for mariners and ports.

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Council seeks direct appropriations

The CIO Council said last week that it is working with the Office of Management and Budget to receive direct appropriations funding for fiscal 2000.

The CIO Council will be grouped with the Chief Financial Officers Council and the Joint Financial Management Improvement Program in the appropriations bill for the Treasury Department, the U.S. Postal Service and general government functions, according to Alan Balutis, co-chairman of the council's outreach committee.

The council's fiscal 2000 strategic plan, due out at the end of the month, will form the basis of the group's submission to OMB, Balutis said. The CIO Council also is working to get more permanent language into the fiscal 2001 appropriations bill, he said.

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SpaceCom begins $1.8B procurement

The U.S. Space Command last week released a draft request for proposals for the initial phase of a $1.8 billion upgrade project for the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center, Colorado Springs, Colo., that will lay the systems integration groundwork for a future national missile defense system.

Known as the Integrated Space Command and Control contract, the program will provide hardware and software upgrades, future communications architecture planning and various information technology services to the Cheyenne Mountain complex, the location of the North American Aerospace Defense Command network operations center. Proposals are due Nov. 9, and a contract award is expected by Dec. 16, according to program documents.

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SSG issues services IDIQs

The Air Force last week tapped four 8(a) firms to provide information technology services under a five-year, $49 million program. The Air Force Standard Systems Group, Montgomery, Ala., awarded indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts to Centech Group Inc., Madison Research Corp., Quality Research Inc. and RS Information Systems Inc., covering software development, maintenance and modifications, system administration, field technical assistance and network and database administration.

The IDIQ contracts replace a series of existing IDIQs and will be open to all Air Force and Defense Department organizations.

Lt. Col. Glenn Taylor, director of the Commercial Information Technology Product Area Directorate, said SSG based its decision on the past success of the IDIQs in this area.

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BTG wins engineering pacts

BTG Inc. has won $52 million worth of contracts from the Defense Department and intelligence agencies to provide technical services and operational support in the areas of information assurance, simulation and modeling, software development and surveillance and reconnaissance applications.

The contracts run for three to five years, a BTG spokeswoman said. Some are new awards, and others are extensions of existing contracts.

BTG's simulation and modeling capabilities are designed to explore new computerized intelligence processes without investing in expensive trial programs. The company's ground and airborne surveillance and reconnaissance services range from data collection and processing to advanced correlation, fusion and dissemination of the electronic data collected.

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