Telecom dollars will go to e-gov, consultant says

Telecom dollars will go to e-gov, consultant says

The government market looks like an attractive haven for telecom carriers as the commercial market languishes, but a federal official speaking today at the Federal Telecommunications Conference in Reston, Va., differed with an industry consultant over where the government will spend its money for new services.

Sandra Bates, commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service, said defense, intelligence and security functions are getting the telecom dollars.

But Warren Suss, president of Suss Consulting Inc. of Jenkintown, Pa., said homeland security is 'not the next big thing.' Rather, he said, it is the president's management focus on strategic management of human capital, competitive sourcing, improved agency financial management, expanded e-government, and budget and performance initiatives.

Bates agreed with Suss that the government market does want large, outsourced service packages and technology to improve performance of troubled programs.

Telestrategies Inc. of McLean, Va., sponsored the conference.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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