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DOD eases collaboration rules

The Defense Department has officially eased restrictions on collaborative software tools, but all products still must prove capable of sharing data with the Defense Collaboration Tool Suite.

In a memo released this month, the department officially backed off guidance mandating use of the Defense Collaboration Tool Suite, which is made up of Microsoft Corp.'s Net Meeting and Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Sun Forum. DOD will announce — at a date yet to be determined — guidance for testing other software options for interoperability with Net Meeting and Sun Forum.

The Defense Collaboration Tool Suite mandate was problematic for thousandsof users, including the Navy and the Defense Intelligence Agency, whichuse Ezenia! Inc.'s InfoWorkSpace.

CDC awards IT task to Orkand

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Aug. 14 thatit awarded a task order for technology- related support of its National Center for Health Statistics to Orkand Corp.

The center can issue work orders to Orkand for tasks such as health and medical data analysis, statistical programming, database accessibility, modeling and data warehousing. The task order started Aug. 15 and includes a one-year base period and four one-year option periods. Because the contract covers such a wide variety of services, it is open-ended and does not have a dollar-value spending ceiling.

Advanced computing energized

The Energy Department announced Aug. 14 its first awards under the Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing program, with 51 projects receiving a total of $57 million this fiscal year. The SciDAC program (www.sc.doe.gov) will help create scientific simulation codes using terascale computers, which are capable of doing trillions of calculations/sec

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