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Compaq's "Evo-lution'

Going back to its roots with innovative technologies that enable users to evolve at their own speed is the driving force behind the new Evo family of products from Compaq Com-puter Corp. announced today.

The Evo family, which includes notebooks, workstations and thin clients, features wireless add-on capabilities that should be especially appealing to government customers, said Ken Willett, vice president for commercial portables and desktops.

The N400c notebook computer, as well as the N600c and N800c models that will be released later this year, are Section 508-compliant for people with disabilities — a feature built in for government users.

Commercial pricing for the N400c starts at $2,299, the lower-model N150 notebook at $1,449 and the T20 thin client at $399.

FedBizOpps declared hub

The FedBizOpps Web site will be the single entry point for government procurement opportunities as of Oct. 1, according to the federal council overseeing government procurement.

The Federal Acquisition Regulation Council published the interim rule May 16 in the Federal Register, requiring agencies to complete their transition to, or integration with, FedBizOpps by the beginning of the next fiscal year.

This new rule completes a mandate from the fiscal 2001 Defense Authorization Act. It also follows through on a management goal from the Bush administration, highlighted in a March 9 memo from the Office of Management and Budget, that all procurements greater than $25,000 be conducted through the Web portal.

DOT makes cyber ally

The Transportation Department has formed a partnership with the Airports Council International-North America, DOT's latest industry alliance, to increase data sharing on information security threats.

Transportation Secretary Norman Mineta and ACI-NA president David Plavin agreed May 15 to work closely to identify vulnerabilities in the aviation communications and information infrastructure, to share threat information and to develop a joint plan to protect the nation's aviation system from hacking and other attacks.

ACI-NA and DOT will create the agency's second Information Sharing and Analysis Center. The first ISAC was formed with the railroad industry through the Association of American Railroads in October.

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