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No. 1: OBAMA VOWS CUTS TO
CONTRACTOR SPENDING


Is it campaign rhetoric or will
Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.),
the Democratic presidential nominee,
cut spending on contractors?
He said he would cut contract
spending by 10 percent as part of
his strategy to revive the economy
and have the federal government
take more responsibility.

"The only way we can do all
this without leaving our children
with an even larger debt is if
Washington starts taking responsibility
for every dime that it
spends," the Associated Press
quoted Obama as saying.

No. 2: PROCUREMENT WOES
CONTINUE FOR
TANKER CONTRACT


The contracting lessons
continue to pile up for the Air
Force's $40 billion aerial tanker
deal. The Defense Department
said the controversial procurement
is too complex and important
to be resolved this year. A
decision on whether Boeing Co. or
a Northrop Grumman Corp./EADS
team will build the tanker will fall
to the next administration.

The Northrop/EADS team had
won the contact, but Boeing
protested, saying the Air Force
treated the winning team more
favorably. The Government
Accountability Office agreed and
told the Air Force to start over.

No. 3: BOEING ESTABLISHES
NEW SERVICES
DIVISION


Boeing continues
to build its services
business by creating the
Defense and Government
Services Division in its Integrated
Defense Systems unit. The new
division will focus on technology
services.

It is the fifth division in Boeing
IDS' Global Services and Support
unit. Greg Deiter will lead the
4,400-employee division.

No. 4: DELL SEEKS TO
SELL ITS COMPUTER
PLANTS


Dell Inc.
wants to get out of the manufacturing business
and is looking for a buyer for
its plants, the Wall Street
Journal has reported.

Citing sources familiar
with the situation, the newspaper
said Dell has
approached numerous overseas
contract computer manufacturers
and is hoping to
sell most, if not all, of its factories
within 18 months.

Rivals such as Hewlett-
Packard Co. switched to contract
manufacturers years
ago, the newspaper article
states.

No. 5: HEWLETT PACKARD
TO
CUT 24,600
JOBS


As part of
its acquisition of EDS Corp.,
HP said it would cut 24,600
jobs in the next three years.
The cuts represent about 7.5
percent of each company.
About half the cuts will
affect workers in the United
States.

The goal is to "better
align the combined company's
overall structure and
efficiency with the operating
model that HP has successfully
implemented in recent
years," the computer maker
said in a statement.

No. 6: SAIC INKS NASA
DEAL


Science
Applications
International Corp.
broke the $1 billion mark for
its NASA Information Technology Services contract
when it nabbed an
11-month, $212 million
extension in September.

The San Diego-based
contractor will continue
to furnish IT services to
NASA centers, headquarters,
and international
sites and networks.

No. 7: ACS TO DIVE
BACK INTO
FEDERAL
MARKET


With
a noncompete agreement
set to expire Nov. 24,
Affiliated Computer
Services Inc. is preparing
to step up its activity in
the federal market (see
related story, Page 50.)

No. 8: LOCKHEED
WINS DLA
SUPPLY-CHAIN
CONTRACT


Under a 10-year,
$5.6 billion contract,
Lockheed Martin Corp. will
oversee the inventory and
distribution of automotive
parts used on all U.S. military
ground vehicles for
the Defense Logistics
Agency.

No. 9: NAVY ISSUES
RFI FOR
INTELLIGENCE
SYSTEM


The
Space and Naval Warfare
Systems Command wants
to build an intelligence
network that will connect
command centers and
fleet task forces.

The Navy will use a
limited competition
because of security
restrictions for the
Distributed Common
Ground System-Navy
Prime Mission Product
contract.

No. 10: E-GOVERNMENT
REAUTHORIZATION
BILL HELD UP


When a
Senate bill to reauthorize
the 2002 E-Government
Act hit a sudden and
unexpected snag, several
government IT initiatives
were put on hold or in
limbo.

The bill was expected
to pass easily, but Sen.
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.)
attached an amendment
with controversial new
requirements for protecting
personal information
and restricting the role of
data brokers.

Efforts to move the
amendment to another
bill proved unsuccessful,
leading to a deadlock,
sources said.
These news stories
received the most
traffic on Washington
Technology's Web site
from Sept. 1 through
Sept. 29.

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