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Clinger wants firm FTS expiration

Rep. William Clinger (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, wrote late last week to General Service Administration chief Roger Johnson, urging him to ensure agencies transition to the Post-FTS 2000 contracts as soon as possible after the current FTS 2000 contracts expire in December 1998.

Clinger wrote that an earlier transition will allow agencies to take advantage of new telecommunications providers and services.

Bob Woods, commissioner of GSA's Federal Telecommunications Service, said he viewed the letter as an endorsement of GSA's long-held position on the issue. "We'll probably have some services that go beyond the end of the current contract, but we plan to begin the transition before then," he said.

Hill regroups on DOD procurement bill

Following President Clinton's veto of a Defense policy and procurement reform bill (H.R. 1530), lawmakers are building a strategy to rework the measure. Ed Amerosi, a spokesman for Rep. William Clinger (R-Pa.), said Clinger and other sponsors of the bill's acquisition reform provisions would prefer to see them enacted with the Defense bill rather than move them through as a separate bill.

Decision due for on-line tax filing

Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Margaret Milner Richardson said Thursday that her agency will decide within the next two weeks whether to let taxpayers file their returns using the Internet. She said if the program, called Cyberfile, goes forward, it would be run as a pilot in only a few states this year.

Nortel files IDTS complaint

Nortel Federal Systems Inc. last month protested the Air Force's handling of a recompetition of the $307 million Integrated Digital Telecommunications System (IDTS) contract. Nortel won the contract late in 1993 but lost it after a successful protest by AT&T.

Carl Peckinpaugh, an attorney representing Nortel, said last week that the Air Force released Nortel's pricing information to AT&T following the first award and did not release reciprocal information on AT&T pricing to Nortel. "We just want a level playing field," Peckinpaugh said.

In its response, filed with the General Services Administration's Board of Contract Appeals, the Air Force denied that procurement officials released details on Nortel's bid to AT&T, although they did give AT&T some sections of the original contract document signed by Nortel.

GAO: $88M imaging system flawed

The Internal Revenue Service experienced so many problems with the $88 million Service Center Recognition/Image Processing System (SCRIPS) last year that the agency had to stop using it to process some tax forms, according to the General Accounting Office.

IRS spokesman Don Roberts acknowledged the agency had "difficulties" with SCRIPS in its first year of deployment. A spokeswoman for Northrop Grumman, the SCRIPS contractor, said the system is now working successfully.

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