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Bush picks Gansler successor

President Bush nominated Edward "Pete" Aldridge March 8 as undersecretaryof Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

Aldridge is chief executive officer of The Aerospace Corp. and was secretaryof the Air Force from 1986 to 1988.

David Oliver has been the acting undersecretary since Jacques Ganslerleft the position in January.

New CIO for IRS modernizing

The Internal Revenue Service has named John Reece, former vice presidentof Time Warner Inc. for information technology, as its deputy commissionerfor modernization and chief information officer.

Reece will be responsible for all IT operations within the agency andfor IRS Business Systems Modernization, a 15-year project to replace thetax agency's legacy system with state-of-the-art technology.

Reece is currently the CEO and chairman of John C. Reece and Associates,a South Carolina consulting firm specializing in Internet and telecommunicationsventures.

Commerce picks three to bid

The Commerce Department expects to award a contract next month thatwill give it the infrastructure needed to become an all-digital departmentby 2002.

Commerce picked three vendors to bid on the five-year, $6.4 millioncontract after a down-select from about 12 companies. Two are believed tobe Network Designs Inc. and Computer & Hi-Tech Management Inc.

Thewinning contractor will install fiber-optic cabling in the Commerce headquartersbuilding to create a single managed backbone to carry voice and data andwill provide services such as help-desk support.

EdgeMark ends federal business

Computer hardware reseller EdgeMark Systems Inc. is ceasing its federalbusiness to focus on commercial consulting and business applications.

EdgeMark, which holds a General Services Administration schedule contractfor Silicon Graphics Inc. equipment, expects to finish delivering backloggedand existing orders in about 30 days, then wind down its federal businessin the spring, according to a company official. About 25 sales and marketingjobs were eliminated.

EdgeMark has made arrangements with SGI to ensure continued customersupport, the official said. The company sold primarily to government laboratories.

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