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Army Corps of Engineers Developing 8(a) Contract: <@VM>GSA Begins Next Telecom Solicitation: <@VM>Social Security Wants Web-Based Collaboration Tools:<@VM>New Asset Management Company:

By Nick Wakeman

The Army Corps of Engineers is a developing a five-year, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract to support its Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala.

The contract will be awarded to one company in the Small Business Administration's 8(a) program and will cover services for the information mission area, including supporting the help desk and the corporate network. An estimated value of the contract has not been released.
The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Services has released the request for proposals for local telecommunication services in Cincinnati. It is the latest in a series of Metropolitan Area Acquisition contracts. AT&T won the first set of MAA contracts worth $680 million over eight years for Chicago, New York and San Francisco. The contracts cover all local telecommunications in the cities. The scope includes technological enhancements, service improvements and emerging telecommunication service offerings.
The Social Security Administration is looking for quotations for Web-based tools that will allow for sharing and jointly drafting documents. It wants to build a system that will accommodate 8,000 users using any Web browser, offer logon security, allow users to share files and folders, and allow access to multiple Web sites but limit the access to security profiles for each user. The primary factor in awarding the contract will be past performance.
An investor group and several senior managers have bought the digital asset management business unit of the Thomson Corp. of Toronto. The new company is calling itself Artesia Technologies and will be based in Rockville, Md. It is backed by a $25 million commitment of Warburg Pincus Ventures. Artesia's chief executive is Chris Veator. He said the company will focus on expanding its government and commercial customer base, which includes the Library of Congress, Jane's Information Group and Washington Technology's parent, The Washington Post Co.

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