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Manhunt. Sheriff's deputies in St. Martin Parish, La., used composite imaging technology to identify Derrick Todd Lee, the prime suspect in the rape and murder of five women in south Louisiana. Lee was arrested May 27 in Atlanta.

Sheriff Mike Neustrom's office used Faces composite software from IQ Biometrix Inc. of Fremont, Calif., to construct a photo likeness of the suspect from victim and witness interviews before DNA results provided an identity.

'The composite sketch developed with the Faces software was a significant aid in identifying the suspect in the killings of five women and rape of another. The composite created through witness interviews is a very close resemblance to the suspect,' sheriff's spokeswoman Capt. Audrey Thibodeaux said.

'Faces makes adjustments and variations so you can have a dead-on likeness,' she said.

Web makeover. The District of Columbia has revamped its Web site, at www.dc.gov. The services offered are similar to the site's previous incarnation, but the packaging has considerably changed.

The major difference is a shift in focus to the user as opposed to the city agency, said Suzanne Peck, the city's chief technology officer.

The site has a powerful new search engine from Ask Jeeves Inc. of Emeryville, Calif., she said.

For quick navigation of the most-requested topics, the new site uses SurveySolutions ranking software from Perseus Development Corp. of Braintree, Mass. The home page shows the top 10 subjects, ranked from one to 10.

New deal. Florida intends to award a contract for technology outsourcing to Accenture LLP and BearingPoint Inc., the Florida State Technology Office announced this month.

The state and contractors will negotiate the final terms of the Leverage and Improve Technology Services contract over the next 60 days, according to media reports.

Based on submitted proposals, BearingPoint of McLean, Va., will maintain and improve services delivered through the State Technology Office's data center, as well as desktop management and e-government services, the company said.

The issuance of the intent to award marks the second time that Florida has been on the verge of a contract.

The state delayed an award to BearingPoint in March when several contractors threatened to protest.

The contract would outsource key technology operations including e-government, enterprise resource planning, network and telecommunications services, seat management, business process outsourcing, applications maintenance and support, computer security, software products and systems integration.

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