U.S. West, a Denverbased telecommunications company, has snagged its first major contract from the federal government
U.S. West Lands Telecom Deal
U.S. West, a Denver-based telecommunications company, has snagged its
first major contract from the federal government — a $60 million deal that
it will split with Winstar Communications Inc.
Under the arrangement, the companies will provide federal agencies and
offices in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., area with a range of communications
services, including voice phone.
The contract marks Winstar's seventh Metropolitan Area Acquisition award
from the General Services Administration. The goal of the GSA program is
to keep down federal phone costs by permitting regional companies to compete
for local business.
Company "Leapfrogs' onto GSA Schedule
Crucial Technology, a factory-direct seller of memory upgrade modules,
last week announced an agreement with Leapfrog Smart Products Inc. that
puts Crucial's memory products on the General Services Administration schedule
via Leapfrog's approved listing.
Leapfrog, a smart card software developer, will act as the principal
supplier to government agencies and Crucial will supply products under a
pass-through agreement, said Dale Grogan, president of Maitland, Fla.-based
Crucial Technology, based in Meridian, Idaho, is a division of Micron
Semiconductor Products Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Micron
Army Seeks Logistics Solution
The Army and Computer Sciences Corp. last week were expected to issue
a request for solution, calling on vendors of enterprise resource planning
tools to provide the product on which the $681 million Wholesale Logistics
Modernization Program will be based.
The Army plans to use the WLMP contract to re-engineer the more than
25-year-old systems and processes in its logistics operations. The requests
for solution will go out to ERP vendors SAP America Inc., PeopleSoft Federal
and Oracle Government.
The ERP system will provide the supply chain and financials software,
but the Army is also committed to adopting the commercial best practices
inherent in the system instead of adapting the system to the current Army
processes, said Jeff Plotnik, CSC vice president for Department of Defense
supply chain solutions and WLMP program manager.
—Dan Caterinicchia, Diane Frank and Bryant Jordan contributed to this report.
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