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A pair of Quicksilver e-government projects will get new managers as they reach critical points of their development.

The Small Business Administration has named Justin Van Epps as interim project manager for its Business Gateway initiative. Van Epps replaces Sandy Gibbs, who left recently because of family responsibilities, said CIO and acting chief of staff Stephen Galvan.

The Office of Personnel Management's E-Payroll initiative is likely to have Joe Campbell as a replacement for project manager Janet Dubbert, who will return to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in September. Dubbert has been on detail from FERC for more than two years, said Norm Enger, OPM's e-government project director.
The General Services Administration recently honored four federal employees for their accomplishments in performance-based contracting.

Lt. Col. Curtis Frost and Lt. Col. Maxine Paulson received the inaugural Governmentwide Award for Excellence in Performance Based Service Acquisition for the Defense Department. GSA sponsored the award along with Acquisition Solutions Inc. of Chantilly, Va., at the Federal Acquisition Conference and Expo in Arlington, Va.

Frost and Paulson developed a performance-based contract for the Air Force Pentagon Communications Agency. It saved the agency $190 million by freeing up 390 employees.

Brendon Johnson, a contracting officer at the Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office, won the award for civilian agencies. That award was sponsored in part by the Performance Institute of Arlington, Va.

Johnson received the honor for an operations and customer support contract at PTO awarded to an 8(a) disabled-veteran-owned company.

Christopher Hamm of GSA won the Excellence in Performance Based Service Acquisition Award. Hamm managed the Environmental Protection Agency's $700 million Information Technology Solutions-Environmental Systems Engineering contract.

GSA also gave William Vance of the Naval Sea Systems Command in Washington the 2004 Ida M. Ustad Award for his work on an innovative sole-source contract to buy six submarines over the next four years, worth $8.7 billion.

The contract lets the Navy change how the contract works if funding from Congress comes through more quickly than expected.

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