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Commerce One Inc., developer of
e-commerce solutions for business, and Computer Sciences Corp., provider of information technology services, said Sept. 19 they will collaborate to implement and operate electronic marketplaces and e-procurement solutions.

The nonbinding agreement was announced at the eLink 2000 conference in Las Vegas. A definitive agreement between Commerce One of Pleasanton, Calif., and CSC of El Segundo, Calif., is expected to come in the fourth quarter of this year.

The alliance will combine Commerce One's technology and Global Trading Web network with CSC's global outsourcing, hosting, consulting and systems integration capabilities. Commerce One and CSC plan to partner in federal markets in the United States as well as commercial and other government markets worldwide, building upon the CSC European Commerce One practice launched in May.

It is expected that CSC will use Commerce One's MarketSite Portal Solution to help automate its nearly $5 billion in annual spending. Commerce One also expects to certify CSC as both a global integration partner and a premier hosting partner.Proposals are due Oct. 20 for the Army's $600 million University Access Online education program. The contract is expected to be awarded in December.

The program will allow soldiers to earn college credits, degrees and technical certifications while they serve, at little or no cost to them. The Army selected Fort Benning, Ga., Fort Campbell, Ky., and Fort Hood, Texas, as the initial sites to implement the online education program for the year 2001.

Among the major competitors expected to bid on the contract are Computer
Sciences Corp., El Segundo, Calif.;
Electronic Data Systems Corp., Plano, Texas; and Oracle Corp., Redwood
Shores, Calif. The formal solicitation is on the Web sites of the Defense Supply Service (www.dssw.armyu.pentagon.mil) and the Army University Access Online (www.earmyu.com.)The California Education Department announced Sept. 18 that it has awarded a $2.1 million contract to National Systems & Research Co. of Colorado Springs, Colo., for an automated system that would allocate funds to school districts.

The department's current Principal Apportionment System allocates more than $12 billion annually to local education agencies for numerous programs including meals, gifted and talented education and special education.

The scope of the NSR contract includes software, database management development, consulting and systems integration, according to agency officials.A national survey conducted this month found that most people think paying for
e-government services with Web site advertising is OK, according to eGovNet, a Columbus, Ohio, provider of Internet solutions for state and local governments.

When given a choice between paying for e-gov services with advertising on government Web sites or charging citizens convenience fees, 56 percent of respondents preferred advertising; 23 percent chose convenience fees. Of respondents who use the Internet, 67 percent said they preferred advertising.

When given a choice between paying for e-gov with tax dollars or convenience fees, 28 percent of respondents chose tax dollars, and 47 percent chose convenience fees.

Public Opinion Strategies of Arlington, Va., conducted the random telephone survey of 642 registered voters Sept. 5-10. eGovNet is the parent company of govAds, an Internet advertising network for government Web sites.Sun Microsystems Inc. of Palo Alto, Calif., and National Information Consortium Inc. of Overland Park, Kan., are joining forces to pursue the electronic government market.

NIC is the first e-gov company to join the Sun Elite ServiceProvider.com program. NIC will be able to reach global government customers through the alliance.

Together the companies will sell e-government solutions, with NIC providing the services and Sun providing the Internet platform technologies.

"This alliance demonstrates the commitment of both companies to provide world-class Internet platforms for their government partners," said Thomas Kreidler, president of Sun Microsystems Federal.CACI International Inc. of Arlington, Va., has won a $27.2 million, five-year contract to provide analytical and software development support for the Army Training Models project.

The Army's Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Planning maintains four integrated software applications called the Army Training Models. The applications, developed by CACI, are used to calculate the Army's training resource requirements and costs. With the new contract, CACI will maintain its development of all Army Training Models applications, including the use of Web-based technology to improve productivity and user access.With key partnerships, a spot pending on the General Services Administration schedule and a growing list of customers, Amitex Inc. of Chicago is off to what company officials predict will be a $10 million first year.

Launched June 1 by William McSweeney and his brother John, the company has landed government clients such as the Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital in Chicago and Great Lakes Naval Hospital.

Amitex provides services and products related to storage area networks, Web-enabled document management, security, server-based computers and enhanced Internet solutions.

McSweeney said the company should earn about $10 million in revenue in the first year, with about 80 percent of that coming from government clients.Post-Newsweek Business Information, publisher of Washington Technology,
said Sept. 18 it is changing its name
and launching new initiatives aimed
at expanding its presence in the
government and business technology markets.

President Chuck Lyons said the company believes its new name, Post Newsweek Tech Media Group, more accurately describes its mission in serving the information needs of the $100 billion business-to-government technology sector and the "exploding" business-to-business technology market in the nation's capital.

Lyons said Post Newsweek Tech Media Group's ability to gather relevant information and offer reliable reporting for the technology communities builds on the tradition of journalistic excellence within Post Newsweek's parent, The Washington Post Co.

In addition to Washington Technology, Post Newsweek publications include Government Computer News and Washington Techway, which serves the business technology community of the nation's capital. It also produces the annual trade show FOSE, and publishes online technology news services www.washtech.com and www.newsbytes.com.

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