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Rule reinforces performance

Federal regulators have issued a new rule to make it clear to contracting officers that performance-based acquisitions are the preferred way to buy commercial services. The interim rule, issued May 2 by the Federal Acquisition Regulation Council, takes effect immediately, even though the council will accept comments until July 2 before publishing a final rule.

The rule establishes that when acquiring services, contracting officers should exhaust all possible performance-based contracting methods before turning to a contract that does not use such measured outcomes.

MicronPC buyer steps up

Gores Technology Group announced May 1 that it has signed a definitive agreement to buy the PC division of Micron Electronics Inc., which includes Micron Government Computer Systems Inc.

Under the ownership of GTG, Micron's PC operations — which provide computer products and services for small- and medium-size businesses and the government, education and consumer markets — will be called MicronPC.

Harry Heisler, vice president and general manager of Micron Government Computer Systems, said government customers will benefit from increased attention to "unique product and service offerings."

IRS taps account

The Internal Revenue Service has submitted a request to lawmakers for the $128 million remaining in the IRS Information Technology Investment Account, the fund that was created for IRS modernization efforts.

Under the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act, the IRS must get approval from Treasury officials, the General Accounting Office, and House and Senate appropriators before the funds are released. A staff member for the House Appropriations Committee's Treasury, Postal Service and General Government Subcommittee said that the request is under review.

Commerce deal boosts e-gov

The Commerce Department has awarded a $6 million telecommunications infrastructure support contract to Computer & Hi-tech Management Inc. — a major step in moving Commerce's digital department concept forward.

Under the contract, awarded April 30, the company will rewire the massive Commerce headquarters building in Washington, D.C., with fiber-optic cabling capable of carrying voice, video and data traffic.

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