USDA upgrades hardware and moves to XP

Scott Snover

The Agriculture Department this summer bought more than 26,000 desktop and notebook PCs from Gateway Inc., one of three vendors supplying hardware for the department's Common Computing Environment. The others are Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.

USDA paid $24 million for 5,532 Gateway 450E series notebooks and docking stations, and 14,802 midrange E-Series and 5,912 high-end E-Series systems. They have a four-year warranty, and USDA's software images came preinstalled along with Microsoft Windows XP and Office XP.
CCE's purpose is to give the department a common IT investment strategy, common telecommunications capability, common office automation and administrative applications.

USDA has an option to buy more Gateway computers contingent on fiscal 2004 funding that's already been slashed by more than a third in the House, CCE project manager Scott Snover said.

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