IRS will take delivery of 10,300 Micron PCs

Through a $26.7 million order from a General Services Administration schedule contract,
the IRS last year bought 10,300 PCs from Micron Electronics Inc.


IRS tax examiners will use the 6,800 TransPort Trek2 notebooks and 3,500 Milennia
desktop PCs, ordered through ComTeq Federal Inc.’s Treasury Department Acquisition
blanket purchasing agreement, said Greg Roseman, IRS contracting officer for TDA BPAs.


“This is the largest delivery order I’ve worked on” since arriving at
the IRS in 1990, Roseman said. ComTeq will deliver the PCs through April.


The tax agency solicited bids from three other TDA BPA contractors: Government
Technology Services Inc. of Chantilly, Va., IntelliSys Technology Corp. of Fairfax, Va.,
and Presidio Corp. of Lanham, Md. The process took a month, Roseman said.


“Micron offered the most bang for the buck,” Roseman said. He gave several
reasons why the Nampa, Idaho, company’s products bested those of other vendors in a
best-value comparison:


All federal buyers of Micron PCs after Dec. 1 receive the free computer training
through Micron University for one year, said Tony Colangelo, the company’s director
of sales for the national capital region.


The 10,300 PCs will come preconfigured with Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 and
Office Professional 97, 56-Kbps modems and 3Com Corp. 10/100-Mbps network interface cards,
Colangelo said.


The TransPort Trek2 notebooks have 266-MHz Pentium II processors, 96M of RAM, 4G hard
drives and 14.1-inch displays.


The Milennia desktop PCs are 400-MHz Pentium II minitowers with 96M of RAM, 10G hard
drives, 17-inch Sony Trinitron 0.25-mm dot pitch monitors, 32X CD-ROM drives and 16M
Diamond Multimedia Systems Viper 550 nVidia TnT Accelerated Graphics Port video cards.
One-third of the systems also will have tape backup drives.


“The examiners’ group has been working on this [procurement] for more than a
year,” said Paul Gill, ComTeq business development manager. He said he expects other
agencies to complete PC buys early in this year so they can spend time on year 2000
projects.   

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