Marine Corps seeks help in buying computers

The Marine Corps plans to create a contract vehicle for obtaining desktop computers, laptop PCs and servers, and officials want industry help in developing the procurement program, according to a request for information posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.

The Marine Corps Common Hardware Suite program is developing the plan on how to acquire rugged and nonrugged computer hardware in an effective and cost-efficient way, according to the April 5 announcement.

The intent is to establish a common set of hardware platforms and provide the mechanism by which to procure them.

The program will have several requirements. For example, the computers must be manufactured and operate in an environmentally friendly way, and contractors must provide a way to return old and broken equipment.

The deadline for industry submissions is April 30.

The Marine Corps will hold an industry day conference to discuss the contract at 9:00 a.m. on April 16. The Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va., will host the conference at the Jacobs Building, Quantico Center 1, 3850 Fettler Park Drive, Dumfries, Va.

All vendors interested in participating in the conference must notify Judy Campbell at 703-432-5096 or Theresa Minton at 703-432-5104 by 4 p.m. on April 13.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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