Protest resolved, Defense awards systems contract

Protest resolved, Defense awards systems contract

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

The Defense Department recently awarded a contract for its triservice health care computing infrastructure, after a vendor settlement cleared the way.

Government Technology Services Inc. of Chantilly, Va., settled its General Accounting Office protest in December with IntelliSys Technology Corp. of Fairfax, Va., which won the contract, said Shan Clark, a General Services Administration contracting officer in Fort Worth, Texas.

After GTSI's September protest, GSA officials decided that it was urgent for Navy hospitals to fulfill a $4.6 million lease order under the Tri-Service Information Management Program Office's Military Health System End User Devices contract for IBM Corp. desktop and portable PCs and servers using fiscal 1999 funds, Clark said.

ITC won the MHS End User Devices award on Sept. 14.

TIMPO officials at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, plan to lease $40 million worth of PCs, printers and servers under the company's GSA Information Technology Schedule contract, Clark said.

The vendor will install, configure and maintain the equipment, he said.

TIMPO could spend $180 million over the five years of the contract, Clark said.

According to the TIMPO Web site, at www.timpo.osd.mil, the organization is providing a 'robust, secure, standards-based, common telecommunications infrastructure for the Military Health System' that will eliminate systems redundancy, as mandated by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Network tempo

TIMPO has set 100-Mbps switched asynchronous transfer mode or Ethernet networking to the backbone and 10-Mbps switched ATM or Ethernet to the desktop PC as its minimum infrastructure requirements.

TIMPO is also consolidating LAN administration.

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