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OMB, DOD to enforce standard through procurement

The Office of Management and
Budget and the Defense Department
are looking to establish procurement
rules to ensure standard Microsoft
Windows desktop configurations.

Karen Evans, OMB's administrator
for information technology and e-government,
has recommended that the
Federal Acquisition Regulations
Council or the Office of Federal Procurement
Policy send out a memo to
all chief acquisition officers requiring
that IT contracts conform to the standard
configuration. She made the recommendation
to OFPP Administrator
Paul Denett.

The Air Force, meanwhile, has submitted
a three-part clause to the DOD
chief information officer that would be
included in every IT contract, said Ken
Heitkamp, associate director for life
cycle management and director of the
Air Force's IT Commodity Council.

Eventually, Heitkamp said, DOD
could offer the clause to OMB as a governmentwide
standard.

'This would address all IT contracts,
even commercial products. We will
have to think through how we would
implement this,' Evans said at a session
last week sponsored by the SANS
Institute and Government Executive
magazine.

Evans said companies may have to
certify that their software will operate
in the standard federal environment
whether 'it is shrink-wrapped or not.'

OMB has set a June 30 deadline for
agencies to include provisions in contracts
addressing the standard configuration.
Evans said it would make sense
to decide what path OFPP would take
before that deadline.

Heitkamp said CIOs from the services
and officials from the Joint Task Force
for Global Network Operations will decide
on the procurement language this
month.

'We already give hardware vendors
our desktop image, so they are bidding
PCs with our image already factored in,'
Heitkamp said.

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