FirstGov team gets under way

FirstGov team gets under way

The General Services Administration this month awarded GRC International Inc. of Vienna, Va., a $4.1 million, two-year contract to develop the FirstGov Web portal.

President Clinton announced plans in June for FirstGov, which will link users to all public federal information. A demonstration site is now up at www.firstgov.gov. When it becomes fully operational by year's end, the multipage portal is supposed to perform high-speed searches of an estimated 100 million Web pages at 25,000 federal sites.

The GRC team includes AppNet Inc. of Bethesda, Md.; AT&T Corp.; Autonomy Inc. of San Francisco; Mercury Interactive Corp. of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Oracle Corp.; and Sun Microsystems Inc.

The Federal Search Foundation, a nonprofit organization created by search engine developer Eric Brewer, will build the back-end database index, known as the Fed-Search Big dB. Brewer is a University of California at Berkeley professor and founder of Inktomi Inc. of Foster City, Calif.

InfoZen Inc. of Germantown, Md., is developing the architecture.

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