NIMA invites tech alliance help

The National Imagery and Mapping Agency last week issued a solicitation offering contracts to companies and institutions interested in helping the National Technology Alliance meet its needs in four technology areas.

The mission of NTA is "to influence commercial and dual-use technology development with an emphasis on meeting national security and defense needs," according to NIMA, which serves as program executive agent.

The four technology areas are:

* Imagery processing and analysis, geographic information systems and cartography.

* Processing, analysis and management of data.

* Digital technology infrastructure.

* Chemical, biological and radiological defense.

NIMA expects to make one or more awards valued at a total of up to $58 million for each year from 2002 to 2007, according to the broad agency announcement.

The awards would replace the current NTA acquisition vehicles, which expire Sept. 30. Proposals are due by Oct. 11.

White House has new site

The redesigned White House Web site unveiled Aug. 31 was developed after officials examined many federal and state agency sites in an effort to make theirs as user-friendly as possible, according to Tucker Eskew, director of media affairs at the White House.

The new site, still at www.white house.gov, replaces the one put up quickly after President Bush took office. It includes all the material issued since the beginning of the administration, organized in sections based on actual areas of the White House. For example, the "West Wing" includes news and policy information, and the "Oval Office" has information about the president.


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