FTS 2001:

Contract Transition Delays and Their Impact on Program Goals

GAO-01-544T: Published: Apr 26, 2001. Publicly Released: Apr 26, 2001.

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This testimony discusses the status of the FTS 2001 long distance telecommunication program. The General Services Administration (GSA) failed to meet its goal of completing the transition from FTS 2000 to the FTS 2001 contracts by December 6, 2000. Several factors contributed to the delays, including staffing shortages and turnover, contractor billing problems, and contract-related modifications. As of April 11, 2001, the overall FTS 2001 transition was about 92 percent complete. The transition of voice services from FTS 2000 and FTS 2001 is almost entirely complete and switched data services and dedicated transmission services are about 82 and 88 percent complete, respectively. The remaining transition requirements are scheduled for completion by the end of June 2001. Nevertheless, the collective effect of delays encountered during this complex transition has jeopardized the timely achievement of FTS 2001's goals of (1) ensuring best service and price to the government and (2) maximizing competition. GSA has taken steps to position the FTS 2001 program for greater success, including developing better telecommunications planning procedures and improving contractor billing. This testimony summarizes a March 2001 GAO report, GAO-01-289.

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