GAO still sees risks in Networx

Linda Koontz

Henrik G. de Gyor

The General Services Administration has made progress in addressing concerns over the $10 billion FTS Networx telecommunications contract, but it still needs to do more, according to the Government Accountability Office.

A specific concern is the transition from the old contract to the new one, said Linda Koontz, GAO's director of information management issues. Plus, GSA must be able to measure the program's performance and respond to concerns about the billing data, she said.

'Until GSA develops and applies strategies for addressing the outstanding challenges facing Networx, it risks not being able to deliver all of the operations and cost improvement outlined in the program's goals,' Koontz said this month at a hearing of the House Government Reform Committee.

'Our position is that anything outside FTS 2001 and Networx that's not mandatory' will undermine the services contract, Koontz said. 'Only in cases where those contracts are deemed necessary should they be awarded.'

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