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Industry plan for new telecom sales squashed

October 9, 2001 A plan by an association of telecommunications companies to open a new sales avenue to the government appears to have been halted in its tracks. On Sept. 27, the telecommunications "shared interest group" of the Industry Advisory Council (IAC), an association of information technology firms that do business with the...

Agencies buying up field-ready computers, security technology

October 5, 2001 The federal government's appetite for portable, wireless Internet products and information security software has grown in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, leading technology contractors and purchasers said Thursday. Terri Allen, senior vice president of sales for technology reseller GTSI, said...

Telecom providers push for new way to sell services

October 2, 2001 The nation's major telecommunications companies are drafting a letter to top executives at the General Services Administration urging the sale of telecom services on GSA schedules, GoveExec.com has learned from industry representatives. Placing telecom sales on the schedules, which are a set of pre-competed contracts that all agencies may use...

In The Trenches

October 1, 2001 oan Freitag is a 23-year veteran of the federal government, but to watch her work, you'd never know it. Freitag, the Federal Technology Service's Mid-Atlantic Region director of customer loyalty, sits with her back to a glimmering, mid-morning vista of downtown Philadelphia on view from her boss's office-digs befitting a...

Merging Telecom and Technology

October 1, 2001 he Federal Technology Service is a fee-for-service agency that buys information technology and telecommunications goods and services on behalf of federal agencies. FTS writes contracts and uses those of other agencies. But unlike its fellow acquisition shops that run governmentwide acquisition contracts, FTS oversees the entire acquisition and implementation process....

Mavericks and Mavens

October 1, 2001 The Federal Technology Service is struggling with the burdens of its success at driving hard bargains for agencies buying information technology. n this era of businesslike government, when legislative reforms have allowed agencies to operate more like corporations and less like bureaucracies, the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service has...

Army media specialists work nonstop without offices

September 26, 2001 Among the people glued to television sets in the minutes after the World Trade Center was attacked on Sept. 11 were media relations specialists in the Army's public affairs division, who spend their days talking to journalists all over the world. At 9:45 that morning, none of them knew that...

Terrorism won’t hurt federal technology market, experts say

September 24, 2001 The federal information technology market will be one of the few to escape damage as worldwide IT spending recoils in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, according to several market watchers and analysts. Defense and intelligence agencies in particular will see increased spending...

Consumer protection agency debunks terrorism-related scams

September 21, 2001 Dozens of reports circulating about online scam artists posing as reputable charities and bilking people of cash in the wake of last week's attacks by terrorists are bogus, according to the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection. Eileen Harrington, the associate director for marketing practices and the agency's chief...

GSA chief praises employees for reaction to attacks

September 20, 2001 Top leaders at the General Services Administration, recent arrivals to federal service from the private sector, on Wednesday expressed deep appreciation for the commitment of their new colleagues in government for their help in making GSA's response to last week's terrorist attacks swift and efficient. The response of GSA's employees...

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