NIMA outsourcing on hold

NIMA outsourcing on hold

The move last week by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency to postpone its $2 billion privatization contract because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks shouldn't cause major delays or increase program costs, agency officials said.

NIMA officials said Sept. 18 that they would delay the contract, which originally was to be awarded this month, because the agency is focusing its efforts on responding to the attacks.

The sole-source contract will now be awarded in December to the joint venture between Arctic Slope Regional Corp. Communications Ltd. and Chenega Technology Services Corp. The 15-year outsourcing deal will affect about 600 agency jobs.

"The focus right now is on the crisis at hand, so they just decided to put that on hold," said NIMA spokeswoman Joan Mears.

State orders Laser Visas

Drexler Technology Corp. has received a $4.8 million order from the State Department for Laser Visa identification cards, used by frequent visitors crossing from Mexico into the United States.

The order is part of an $81 million program with the Immigration and Naturalization Service for optical memory "green cards," issued to U.S. residents who are not citizens, and visa cards, issued to those crossing land borders in Texas, California and Arizona.

The card includes personal data that INS enters, a color photo much like a driver's license photo and a laser-engraved image of the same face. The card also contains an image of the cardholder's fingerprint. OpNet added to GSA schedule

OpNet Technologies Inc., a provider of network management software, announced Sept. 19 that its products are now available through the General Services Administration schedule.

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