Not yet. The Air Education and Training Command will have to wait until at least 2002 to launch an Air Force PC outsourcing initiative.

Command officials have been unable to get fiscal 2001 funding for seat management, said David Smith, a command spokesman at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

The command spent $250,000 on a total cost of ownership study for its information technology infrastructure [GCN, April 17, Page 62], but Congress wasn't convinced.

Staying power. In four A-76 reviews of the Army teams within the Materiel Command, the results came down in favor of keeping the jobs within the service, command chief information officer James D. Buckner said.

Early studies by a consultant had determined the jobs were not inherently governmental and the work should be outsourced. But the teams of civil servants at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Anniston Army Depot, Ala.; Bluegrass Army Depot, Ky.; and Red River Army Depot, Texas, beat industry bids for the work and so will continue as government employees, Buckner said.

License leverage. Last month, the Defense Department CIO Executive Board recommended Defense's top CIO require department organizations to first check leftover Enterprise Software Initiative product inventories before shopping elsewhere, said Rex Bolton, the ESI steering committee chairman at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The board submitted its proposal to Arthur L. Money, assistant secretary of Defense for command, control, communications and intelligence.

To receive deep discounts, DOD agencies in many instances have used money from stock funds to pay for specified numbers of software licenses from winning ESI vendors. If Money signs the directive, DOD buyers will have to check the ESI agreements before they make a purchase.

Old but useful. Although it plans to meet the Sept. 15 deadline for shutting off AUTODIN access for garrison users [GCN, July 10, Page 1], the Marine Corps is not parting easily with its message center infrastructure, which the 28-year-old communications system spawned.

The Corps will maintain the message centers it has used for transmitting AUTODIN classified messages, said Maj. Christopher J. Michelsen, the service's DMS project officer at the Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, Va.

Most of the Corps' $7.1 million in fiscal 2000 DMS funding will go to DMS deployment for garrison users, he said.

'Bill Murray

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