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PRICE WATERHOUSE AWARDED $27.8 MILLION CONTRACT FROM DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Price Waterhouse was awarded a $27.8 million, 10-year contract to help the Department of the Interior improve efficiency by standardizing and automating its procurement processes.
 The contract was awarded Sept. 20, less than two weeks after the White House released its report on the National Performance Review, an attempt to streamline the federal government through sweeping downsizing and restructuring initiatives.
 The contracted system, dubbed the Interior Department Electronic Acquisition Systems (IDEAS), will support the department's $1.9 billion in requisitioning, contracting and small purchase activities.
 Price Waterhouse will lay the foundation for department-wide procurement automation, allowing a sharper focus on effective contract pricing, negotiation and administration.
 CACI, Inc.-Federal, is the principal subcontractor and will provide the application software packages, which will be the foundation for the system. Other subcontractors supporting the program include: Progress Software Corporation, Procurement Automation Institute, Expert Systems International and Data-Based Engineering.
 Under terms of the contract, the U.S. Geological Survey will be the lead agency to institute the system in FY 94. Other federal agencies may use the IDEAS system under this program.
 "Upon completion, the IDEAS project will meet the challenge of the President's National Performance Review by cutting red tape and eliminating costly duplication," said Bonnie Cohen, assistant secretary of interior for policy, management and budget. "Along with improving customer service, it will provide effective interfaces with the department's financial system."
 "Price Waterhouse has a strong reputation as a systems integration expert with both public and private sector experience," said Woody Brittain, Price Waterhouse Washington partner. "This makes us well suited to help federal agencies meet National Performance Review objectives. We're pleased to be partners with the Department of the Interior in making their National Performance Review goals a reality."
 More information on IDEAS is available by contacting Betsy L. Freeman, Price Waterhouse, 202-728-9781.
 Price Waterhouse is committed to providing the ideas, information and advice that will help its clients make better business decisions. Through a global network of firms practicing in 113 countries and territories, Price Warehouse professionals work together to provide accounting, auditing, tax planning and compliance, litigation support and business advisory services to corporations, individuals, not-for- profit organizations and government departments and agencies. The U.S. firm, with approximately 13,000 men and women in 109 offices, is a vital part of the Price Waterhouse worldwide network.
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 /CONTACT: Betsy Freeman, marketing communications manager, Price Waterhouse, 202-728-9781/


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