BREAKING NEWS

The Transportation Department has selected MCI WorldCom Inc. as its FTS 2001 provider
in a contract worth an estimated $160 million.


MCI WorldCom will supply voice, data and Internet services to the department and its
agencies, including the Federal Aviation Administration. Company officials credited
MCI’s prior experience at providing mission-critical FAA network services for giving
the company an edge.


MCI WorldCom has signed up the Agriculture and Interior departments plus Defense
Department voice services. Sprint has FTS 2001 customers at the Veterans Affairs, Treasury
and Justice departments and several other sites. Most agencies are still receiving
long-distance telephone service through extensions to the old FTS 2000 contracts held by
Sprint and AT&T Corp. They must sign up for new services by the end of next year.


The Monterey initiative, launched last October by a group of Unix vendors, has pieced
together a Unix operating system for the 64-bit Merced processor that Intel Corp. plans to
release in mid-2000.


Based on IBM AIX 4.3.2, Monterey currently runs only on Merced simulators using
nonuniform memory access and other server technologies from Sequent Computer Systems Inc.
of Beaverton, Ore., and Santa Cruz Operation Inc. of Santa Cruz, Calif. The OS
incorporates the application programming interfaces and application binary interface
specified for Intel’s IA-64 architecture.


Most Unix vendors, including Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp., have
approved the common APIs. Compaq has announced plans to certify Monterey on ProLiant
servers.


The Health Care Financing Administration used a time-honored method to make sure health
care providers prepare Medicare claims with year 2000-ready dates: It vowed to withhold
payment on unready claims.


Doctors, hospitals and other health care providers this month began submitting bills
with an eight-digit date field to the contract companies that process and pay Medicare
claims, said Karen Trudel, a technical adviser in the Security and Standards Group of
HCFA’s Office of Information Services.


Health care providers must use a date that includes 1999, such as 06-12-1999, instead
of a six-digit date, such as 06-12-99, Trudel said.


As of mid-April, 93 percent of Part A electronic billers, such as hospitals, skilled
nursing facilities and home health care agencies, had submitted year 2000-ready claims.
Nearly 100 percent of Part B electronic billers, such as physicians and laboratories, had
submitted year 2000-ready claims, she said.


HCFA has directed its Medicare contractors to return bills that do not use eight-digit
dates, which will delay processing and payment.


The Federal Technology Service has awarded a two-year, $50 million contract to Dulles
Networking Associates Inc. of Chantilly, Va., for satellite services to remotely track
vehicles and shipments.


The contract, open to all agencies, is the third in the service’s series of
satellite contracts. It awarded the first two in February, to Hughes Global Services Inc.
of El Segundo, Calif., and John Tidrow and Associates Inc. of Fayetteville, N.C. More
awards are possible under the broad solicitation for commercial satellite services that
the General Services Administration released last August.


Dulles Networking Associates, an 8(a) company, provides low-earth-orbit satellite
technology that works in tandem with the government’s Global Positioning System.
NASA’s Dryden: Phone home


NASA has selected SBC Communications Inc. of San Antonio to supply telecommunications
upgrades for the Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base near Los Angeles.
The deal is worth an estimated $5 million.


SBC subsidiaries Southwestern Bell and Pacific Bell will replace Dryden’s existing
telecom structure with a 2,500-line Centrex system, new telephone sets, enhanced 911 and
Caller ID services, central office upgrades and Integrated Services Digital Network
connections. In addition to being a primary landing site for space shuttle missions,
Dryden is a research center for new flight technologies.


The award came through the Army’s Digital Switched Systems Modernization Program,
a 10-year contract for upgrading federal telecom systems. SBC is one of 11 DSSMP
contractors.


The Center for Mental Health Services has redesigned its Knowledge Exchange Network Web
site to make it more user-friendly.


The KEN Web site, at www.mentalhealth.org, now has a scrolling banner announcing the
latest publications, a search engine, a newsroom of current mental health articles, a kids
area and a Spanish-language publications section, said Nelba Chavez, administrator of the
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.


A 450-MHz Pentium II PC server running Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 with a 4G hard drive
powers the KEN Web site, said Michael Malden, KEN project officer. The site received
300,000 hits last month, he said.


The CDM Group Inc. in 1995 received a five-year, $4.8 million contract to run the site.
The Chevy Chase, Md., company created the new design after reviewing a number of site
models that drew heavy traffic, Malden said.


Dyncorp last month won a subcontract under the Energy Department’s Big Mac program
to help manage the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile.


DynMeridian, a subsidiary of the Reston, Va., company, received a $128,000 task order
to provide management systems support, said Ray Greenberg, a program analysis officer in
the department’s Defense Programs Office.


DynMeridian will provide high-performance computing and numeric modeling and simulation
for the Stockpile Stewardship Program, said Paul Lombardi, Dyncorp president and chief
executive officer. The indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract has a two-year
base with three one-year options.


Dames & Moore Group of Los Angeles awarded Dyncorp the subcontract after it signed
a $110 million contract in December with Energy’s Defense Programs Office to help
monitor the efficacy of nuclear weapons through simulated rather than live tests.


Eastman Kodak Co. in August will ship its first midvolume color scanner with a price
tag of less than $30,000, the company announced at the recent Association for Information
and Image Management conference.


The Kodak Digital Science 3590C color scanner handles 85 color pages per minute, or up
to 10,000 documents a day. Tim Vaughan, the company’s worldwide product marketing
manager, said midvolume color scanning makes imaging systems more attractive for archiving
color documents and photos.


The 3590C scanner is powered by an Intel Pentium II processor and has TWAIN and ISIS
drivers. It produces either Joint Photographic Experts Group compressed or uncompressed
color images.  


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