MeriTalk compiles a weekly roundup of contracts and other industry activity. Here’s what happened this week in the Federal Information Technology community.

Agreements for Commercializing Technology Now Applies to Labs

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced on Monday Nov. 13 that Department of Energy (DOE) scientists would be able to contract out and work with industry labs under the Agreements for Commercializing Technology (ACT) program. This program recently completed a six year pilot phase, and the DOE says that the program was established because of the Department’s “need for more flexible lab partnerships and this Administration’s commitment to working with the public and private sectors.”

Hitachi Closes Asset Transfer Agreement With Brocade

Hitachi, through its wholly owned subsidiary Hitachi Vantara Federal, announced today that it has completed an agreement to assume control of certain Brocade U.S. Federal sensitive assets and service maintenance contracts. The completion of the transaction coincided with Broadcom’s acquisition of Brocade. Financial terms of the agreement with Brocade were not disclosed.

VA Taps CSRA With Digitizing Veteran’s Records

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarded CSRA $158 million to digitize more than 7 million veteran health records. The contract is part of the VA’s larger effort to improve the processing of electronically-based claims, which the VA hopes will save taxpayer dollars and increase the flow of information

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