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FTS 2001 protest dismissed

The General Accounting Office has dismissed a protest by AT&T calling for the General Services Administration to recompete the governmentwide FTS 2001 long-distance telecommunications contract.

In the June 14 decision, GAO dismissed the protest on the grounds that it is not within the agency's jurisdiction and that AT&T did not file the protest in the time frame specified in regulations.

AT&T claimed that GSA's Federal Technology Service had made so many changes to FTS 2001 since awarding it to Sprint and WorldCom Inc. two years ago that the original requirements of the contract were invalid.

FAA oceanic pact inked

The Federal Aviation Administration and Lockheed Martin Corp. reached a final agreement last week for the company to modernize air traffic control systems handling ocean-crossing flights.

The FAA and Lockheed Martin Air Traffic Management signed a deal June 18 under the Advanced Technologies and Oceanic Procedures program, which will replace systems at the Oakland, Calif., New York City and Anchorage, Alaska, air route traffic control centers. The final agreement is worth $217 million, an FAA spokeswoman said.

Supercomputer team formed

The Air Force Research Laboratory has selected a team made up of the University of Hawaii, Science Applications International Corp. and Boeing Co. to manage the Maui High Performance Computing Center, home to the most powerful Linux supercluster in the world.

The center's research, development, operations and maintenance contract will begin a transition period July 1 and will be in full operation by Oct. 1. The contract, which has a potential value of $181 million, could be extended for up to 10 years.

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