GSA putting together next version of FTS2001, MAA contracts

The General Services Administration has developed a draft strategy for the next generation of its FTS 2001 and Metropolitan Area Acquisition governmentwide contracts.

John Johnson, acting assistant commissioner for the Office of Service Delivery in GSA's Federal Technology Service, today said FTS commissioner Sandra Bates approved the draft contracting strategy, called Networx. Now the strategy will be vetted through agencies.

Johnson, who spoke at an industry luncheon in Washington, said GSA plans to release the strategy to the public by the end of June.

'The draft strategy is a product of analysis we did last year that addresses the volatility of the industry,' Johnson said. 'We want the contract to have flexibility, full service offerings, best value choice. It addresses the trends we are seeing in the industry from the customer side and industry side with regard to what customer buying behaviors are.'

FTS 2001 lets agencies buy telecommunications services, and they can buy local phone services off the MAA contract. FTS 2001 is an eight-year contract with a $11.5 billion ceiling that was awarded to Sprint Corp. and WorldCom Inc. of Jackson, Miss., in 1998 and 1999, respectively. It will run out in 2006. MAA contracts with eight vendors run for different time periods, the longest going to 2008, Johnson said.

FTS also is working on its wireless offerings to see whether more functions, including security, need to be added. Johnson said GSA is considering modifying FTS' current wireless GWACs or coming out with a new contract.

Along with wireless services, FTS is figuring out how best to offer land-mobile telecommunications services, Johnson said.

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