Agency Watch

Truckers get online fast lane

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced last month that it will offer an online application to allow commercial bus and truck drivers to update their motor carrier information.

Under the Motor Carrier Safety Act of 1999, more than 600,000 drivers must renew their data biennially beginning this year. The initiative, announced Jan. 24, is the latest in a series of e-services offered by FMCSA. The agency's do-it-yourself Web site already enables users to enter certificates of insurance, notices of cancellation, surety bonds, trust fund agreements and other evidence of security and to apply for registration and pay fines.

SBA takes loan sales online

The Small Business Administration conducted a loan asset sale entirely online for the first time last month. The agency has conducted five loan asset sales, and with each one, SBA has developed new techniques. This time, the agency used Open E-Cry technology, which enabled bidders to post offers in real time via the Internet.

The auction attracted $408.2 million in winning bids Jan. 15. The loans were sold in 29 pools, and the Open E-Cry method was used for a portion of the pools. The rest were sold through sealed bids also submitted online.

RSIS wins $88M pact

The Air Force Space Command last month announced it awarded a contract to RS Information Systems Inc. to provide systems management and engineering services to the Space Warfare Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

The Space Warfare Center Technical Services and Space Operations Support contract includes a base year and seven one-year options, with a total potential value of $88 million.

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