GSA releases RFP for ISVS follow-on

The General Services Administration's Federal Telecommunications Service last week released a request for proposals for a $60 million government-wide contract for outgoing international voice telecommunications service.

The International Direct Distance Dialing (ID3) contract will provide service to federal users in the United States calling foreign countries and to users calling the United States from abroad. It also will cover calls made from one foreign country to another and allow agencies to set up international dedicated-access connections when proven cost-effective.

Bruce Brignull, assistant commissioner for service development at FTS, said proposals will be due by the end of August, with an award planned by the end of the year. He acknowledged that the timetable is "optimistic."

ID3 will replace the $100 million International Switched Voice Service contract awarded to MCI Communications Corp. in 1992. That contract is slated to expire in March 1997.

Kammer tapped for Commerce CIO slot

The Commerce Department has nominated Raymond Kammer, assistant secretary for administration and chief financial officer at Commerce, to be chief information officer. The department submitted its nomination to the Office of Management and Budget earlier this month. Currently, Alan Balutis, director of budget, management and information at the department, holds the post of CIO.

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