This week in FCW history

Six years ago: PRC lands $40 million PTO pact

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office unseated incumbent contractor Science Applications International Corp. and awarded to Litton/PRC Inc. a contract valued at $40 million to provide the agency with engineering and support services.

Five years ago: IRS taps CSC for system overhaul

The Internal Revenue Service awarded a multibillion-dollar contract to Computer Sciences Corp. to lead a 15-year effort to replace the IRS' archaic computer systems. CSC beat out a team led by Lockheed Martin Corp. for the contract, which initially will cost $516.5 million. Agency officials said the program will be worth billions of dollars by the time it expires in 2013.

Under the Prime Systems Integration Services Contract, the CSC team provides program management and systems integration needed to improve the IRS' ability to process tax filings.

Four years ago: Details emerge on e-government directive

Agencies were pushed to use more information technology to improve Americans' quality of life, according to details released on President Clinton's technology directive. The E-Government Directive instructed agencies to use IT to make government information and services more accessible to the public.

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