DATE: March 6, 2003

SUBJECT: Office of Management and Budget (OMB); Initiation of Federal Technical Data Solution

SOURCE: OMB Press Release dated March 3, 2003

AGENCIES: Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

ACTION: Announcement

SYNOPSIS: On March 3, 2003, Mark A. Forman, Associate Director of OMB Information Technology and E-government, announced that OMB is implementing the Federal Technical Data Solution (http://www.fedteds.gov), a web application designed to safeguard acquisition-related information. FedTeDS.gov will enable an agency to integrate the secure distribution and dissemination of Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) acquisition material into its business process.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Earl Warrington, General Services Administration, 703-872-8609, e-mail: earl.warrington@gsa.gov; or Teresa Sorrenti, General Services Administration, 703-872-8610, e-mail: teresa.sorrenti@gsa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION: The need for a secure online dissemination tool arose from the requirement that all federal agencies must provide online material to commercial vendors as outlined in the Freedom of Information Act. Over 90 federal agencies are disseminating SBU acquisition materials during the solicitation phase of procurements through the Internet. This material includes information related to operations, systems, structures, individuals, and services essential to the security and management of a facility, including telecommunications, electrical power, building facility structural layout, gas and oil storage and transportation, water supply, emergency services, continuity of operations, schedules, work hours, and security clearance requirements. Much of this information could pose a possible threat to national security if made public.

FedTeDS.gov improves the efficiency, credibility, and effectiveness of the acquisition and logistics support process by streamlining the procurement process. It allows real time vendor access to SBU acquisition material, establishes a physical firewall between the federal government and its public customers, and uses existing Department of Defense databases to validate a user's access to export controlled data. FedTeDS.gov is fully integrated with FedBizOpps (http://www.fedbizopps.gov) and the Business Partner Network/Central Contractor Registration (CCR) (http://www.ccr.gov). FedTeDS.gov is a collaborative effort by the General Services Administration (GSA); a joint team comprised of a number of federal agencies led by the Coast Guard and the Department of Defense; and IBM.

All wishing access to FedTeDS.gov must be registered. Federal engineers and buyers must be granted approval by their local administrator. Vendors must have the following information to register:

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Panoptic Enterprises at 703-451-5953 or by e-mail to Panoptic@FedGovContracts.com.

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