GSA FTS Commissioner Fischer to retire next month

GSA FTS Commissioner Fischer to retire next month

MARCH 7—Dennis J. Fischer, the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service, today told his staff he will leave government service next month. Deputy Commissioner Sandra Bates has been named his successor.

Fischer's departure has been rumored for weeks but he finally made it official during a staff meeting this morning.

FTS is a $6 billion-a-year information technology and telecommunications support program. Fischer has spearheaded the development of FTS 2001, the government's dominant telecommunications contract. FTS has also been branching out into other services, including IT security and digital certificates.

Fischer became commissioner in 1997 when former commissioner Bob Woods left to join the private sector. Woods has described Fischer as "the best damn beancounter in Washington."

Prior to his tenure at FTS, Fischer was GSA's chief financial officer.

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