Inside track: New federal projects

Two deals at Social Security

The Social Security Administration is looking for vendors who can provide firewall appliance solutions for its Central Office Firewall and the Disability Determination Services infrastructures. There are a number of hardware, software and support requirements, including 24x7 support with four-hour response time on telephone support.

Technical specifications are available on the FedBizOpps Web site, Reference Number SS-02-001, along with directions for responding.

The agency also needs vendors who can provide a hardware load-balancing solution for its Web server infrastructure, assisting the agency in providing 24x7 support for its enterprisewide applications.

These specifications also may be found on the FedBizOpps Web site, Reference Number SS-02-002.

Responses for both these offers are due Aug. 30. Madeline Tims is the contract specialist for both. She can be reached at (410) 965-9488 or by e-mail at

Seaworthy handheld data device

The Northeast Fisheries Science Center of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Woods Hole, Mass., needs a handheld electronic data logging device for use at sea by domestic sea sampling observers.

The center is conducting a search for hardware and software that meet performance specifications. First priority is a ruggedized tablet and GPS technology, able to withstand operating conditions including drop distance, temperature changes, salt fog and vibrational stresses.

Performance requirements may be found in solicitation no. EA1330-02-RQ-0088 on the FedBizOpps Web site.

The contract specialist is Teresa Watson, who can be reached at (757) 441-6528 or via e-mail at

The solicitation was to be issued about Aug. 21, and responses are due Sept. 9. The successful bidder will provide 25 units.

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