Interior Dept. upgrades its procurement system

American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va., won a five-year, $10 million contract
to build the system for Interior.

AMS' Procurement Desktop application will run under Microsoft Windows 3.1, Windows 95
and Windows NT. Zipora Brown, vice president of AMS financial management and
administration, said the app accepts word processing and spreadsheet data from other
applications, too.

Brown said the program will support hypertext links to a database with the Federal
Acquisition Regulation and Interior's own procurement regulations.

"A contracting officer can do searches of FAR and other regulations right at the
desktop," Brown said. The program will let users cut and paste from the regulations
when creating a request for proposals.

An MS-DOS program now partially automates procurement management. Interior officials
said users wanted a more powerful program that would run under Windows.

"Our fully competitive selection of Procurement Desktop represents a new
initiative in our 10-year partnership with AMS," said Dick Comerford, director of
Interior's Washington Administrative Service Center.

Interior already uses AMS' Federal Financial Management software for most accounting
functions. The new procurement software is compatible with FFM, Brown said.

Initially, Interior tested Procurement Desktop at the Geological Survey, a Fish and
Wildlife Service office in Hadley, Maine, and a Bureau of Reclamation facility in Grand
Coulee, Wash. Now Interior will begin to install the application departmentwide.

About the Author

John Breeden II is a freelance technology writer for GCN.

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