Navy negotiates three BPAs for PC products

The Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command has negotiated blanket
purchasing agreements with Gateway Inc., Government Technology Services Inc. and Tracor
Information Solutions Inc. to supply notebook and desktop PCs, peripherals, servers and
software.


Under the New Technologies for Office and Portable Systems (NTOPS) agreements, Gateway
will sell its own notebooks, PCs and servers.


GTSI of Chantilly, Va., and Tracor of Reston, Va., will supply notebooks made by Everex
Systems Inc. of Fremont, Calif., said Nikki Isfahani, head of the Navy’s Information
Technology Umbrella Program.


Navy buyers have asked for the products, Isfahani said, and “prices are definitely
below” the vendors’ General Services Administration Information Technology
Schedule prices.


She would provide no other details.


Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard organizations can purchase from the BPAs, said
SPAWAR spokesman Richard Williamson. The Navy IT Umbrella Program’s Web site at
http://www.it-umbrella.navy.mil/useable-nf.htm also listed the Air Force and other Defense
Department agencies as eligible buyers.


Although Williamson said SPAWAR had negotiated BPAs only with Gateway, GTSI and Tracor,
William Davis Sr., president and chief executive officer of Pulsar Data Systems Inc., said
SPAWAR had signed a Sept. 14 NTOPS BPA with his Lanham, Md., company to supply products
from Micron Electronics Inc. of Nampa, Idaho.


SPAWAR issued the request for quotations on June 2, said Lyn Purvis, NTOPS project
manager.


The contracts opened for ordering August 26.


The contracts carry one-year, on-site warranties, according to the Navy IT Umbrella Web
site.


SPAWAR officials will evaluate the agreements annually, Isfahani said.  

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