Telecommunications (21 - 30 of 47 items)
USDA Telecommunications: Missed Opportunities to Save Millions
AIMD-95-97: Published: Apr 24, 1995. Publicly Released: May 25, 1995.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed whether the Department of Agriculture (USDA) is consolidating and optimizing Federal Telecommunications Systems (FTS) 2000 services across the department to maximize savings.GAO found that: (1) USDA has identified opportunities to significantly reduce telecommunications costs by consolidating and optimizing its FTS 2000 services, but it has not act...
Post-FTS 2000 Strategy
AIMD-95-62R: Published: Dec 16, 1994. Publicly Released: Dec 16, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Post-Federal Telecommunications System (FTS) 2000 program strategy, focusing on whether the General Services Administration (GSA) has followed an appropriate process for selecting its acquisition strategy. GAO noted that: (1) GSA and the Interagency Management Council (IMC) have followed an appropriate process for selecting a pos...
Telecommunications Market in Canada
GGD-94-193R: Published: Sep 6, 1994. Publicly Released: Oct 7, 1994.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed reported restrictions on the marketing of U.S. telecommunications equipment in Canada, focusing on the preferred supplier arrangement between Canada's largest telephone company and its affiliated telecommunications equipment manufacturer. GAO noted that: (1) from 1987 through 1993, the U.S. Trade Representative identified the preferred supplier con...
FTS 2000: Status and Mandatory Use
T-IMTEC-93-5: Published: Apr 22, 1993. Publicly Released: Apr 22, 1993.
GAO discussed the Federal Telecommunications System (FTS) 2000 program, focusing on the program's status and the need for a mandatory use provision to ensure compliance. GAO noted that: (1) the General Services Administration (GSA) has greatly reduced FTS 2000 equipment prices through recompetition of the requirement, in most instances obtaining below-commercial prices; (2) GSA implementation of p...
Telecommunications: Interruptions of Telephone Service
RCED-93-79FS: Published: Mar 5, 1993. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1993.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the frequency and causes of telephone services outages during 1990 and 1991 that affected 10,000 or more customers and lasted 15 or more minutes.GAO found that: (1) during 1990 and 1991, there were 1,000 outages that affected over 69 million customers; (2) the major reasons for telephone services outages were hardware problems, software problems, c...
FBI: Advanced Communications Technologies Pose Wiretapping Challenges
IMTEC-92-68BR: Published: Jul 17, 1992. Publicly Released: Jul 17, 1992.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO evaluated the: (1) technological alternatives available to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to wiretap voice and data communications; (2) telecommunications network changes needed to accommodate the least detectable wiretaps; and (3) estimated cost of developing and implementing such changes.GAO found that: (1) the technologies in use and the locat...
FTS 2000: Mandatory Use
IMTEC-92-33R: Published: Feb 28, 1992. Publicly Released: Feb 28, 1992.
Pursuant to a legislative requirement and a congressional request, GAO commented on FTS 2000 mandatory use, focusing on: (1) whether a requirement for mandatory use of FTS 2000 should be continued for fiscal year (FY) 1993; and (2) a proposed modification to make mandatory use contingent on the General Services Administration's (GSA) reporting that FTS 2000 is satisfying the government's telecommu...
U.S. Telecommunications Policy: Demand Dictates Supply
144265: Jan 1, 1991
This article, which appeared in the GAO Journal, No. 12, Spring 1991, discusses the necessity of telecommunications development policies and the many issues that would need to be addressed by such policies, including: (1) the state of the nation's current telecommunications system; (2) past and future investments of telephone, telecommunications, and cable industries; (3) competition among those i...
FTS 2000: An Overview of the Federal Government's New Telecommunications System
IMTEC-90-17FS: Published: Feb 14, 1990. Publicly Released: Mar 20, 1990.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Federal Telecommunications System 2000, focusing on: (1) background data on the system's services, design, and contracts; and (2) the General Services Administration's (GSA) exemption of agencies from mandatory use of the previous system and its reviews of those exemptions since its contract awards for the new system.GAO noted th...
[Comments on Protection of Pricing Information Under GSA Procurement for Telecommunications Services]
B-231156: Published: Apr 28, 1988. Publicly Released: Apr 28, 1988.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO commented on the General Services Administration's (GSA) ability to protect pricing information under a Federal Telecommunications System procurement. GAO determined that: (1) GSA could protect pricing information before award; and (2) because of the nature of the prospective contracts, GSA could have strong justification for protecting pricing data after a...