DFAS deployment. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service has completed its deployment of an enterprise financial management system known as e-Biz.

Developed by American Management Systems Inc. of Fairfax, Va., e-Biz uses Momentum, an AMS enterprise resource planning suite, to track funds from federal budget allocation to payment of personnel and contractors.

DFAS officials can now access real-time data on billing and cost allocations, general ledger and time productivity, according to an AMS statement.

'These early successes demonstrated we were on the right path in transforming financial management at DFAS to bring better value and greater accountability to the taxpayer,' said Patrick T. Shine, acting director of DFAS.

Call for ideas. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has issued a broad agency invitation for contractors and universities to form teams and compete for awards in several highly specialized research areas.

The one- and two-year awards, with a total fiscal 2004 value of $2.5 million, will focus on three areas: a radar-based automated data extraction initiative; the Neuroscience Enabled Geospatial Intelligence Initiative; and the Non-literal Spectral Processing, Exploitation and Analysis program.

Under the automated extraction program, NGA officials are looking for contractors with tools to draw information from images, hard-copy maps and text data to develop geospatial intelligence.

NGA also has a critical need in the areas of automated vision systems and systems to assist human geospatial analysts.

The agency said it hopes its neuroscience initiative will provide a basic visual-science foundation for future engineering.

The spectral processing program will seek to solve emerging problems in technical areas.
Proposals are due by May 27. Contract awards are expected by Aug. 30.

Research deal. The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded an $8.5 million contract to Science Applications International Corp. of San Diego for the study of advanced space-based radar technologies.

Under the five-year contract, funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the company will develop and document new algorithmic approaches for space radar systems.


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