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PRICE WATERHOUSE AWARDED EFFICIENCY IMPROVEMENT CONTRACT

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Price Waterhouse was awarded a $27.8 million, 10-year contract to help the Department of Interior improve efficiency by 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 System, will support requisitioning, contracting and small purchase activities within the department. CACI Inc., is a subcontractor and will provide the software for the system.
 Price Waterhouse will execute the contract which lays the foundation for department-wide procurement automation, allowing a sharper focus on effective contract pricing, negotiation and administration. The Price Waterhouse Office of Government Services specializes in consulting assistance, tailored to the needs of government at the federal, state, local and international levels.
 "We intend to provide a direct, responsive and low-risk solution to this initiative by combining our strengths and resources with a highly effective software system," said Woody Brittain, Office of Government Services managing partner. IDEAS will automate the Interior Department's annual $1.9 billion in contract actions and small purchases.
 Under terms of the contract, the U.S. Geological Survey will be the lead agency to institute the system in October. Use of IDEAS by other federal agencies will be allowed on a limited basis.
 "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."
 More information on IDEAS is available by contacting Betsy L. Freeman, Price Waterhouse, at 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 Waterhouse professionals work together to provide accounting, auditing, tax planning and compliance, management and technology compliance, litigation support and business advisory services to corporations, individuals, nonprofit organizations and government departments and agencies. The U.S. Firm, with 12,480 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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