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NASA cancels telecom contract

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has canceled its $100 million requirement for a commercial telecom services contract. The buy which was to have provided services equal to the existing Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Deep Space Network will be rolled into NASA's Consolidated Space Operations Contract.

GSA region awards 62 IDIQ contracts

The General Services Administration's Kansas City Mo. regional office last week awarded 62 indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to 13 small disadvantaged IT products and services providers. Each vendor got two to six pacts for IT hardware software and services said Charlie Self acting deputy commissioner of GSA's IT Integration Division. Each contract was worth up to $5 million.

GSA plans Post-FTS 2000 shift

The General Services Administration's Federal Telecommunications Service is expected to respond to concerns from Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) this week by making changes to the Post-FTS 2000 long-distance and local service telecom acquisition strategy sources said. The changes are likely to delay the release of the Post-FTS 2000 solicitation expected this month. The solicitation will now probably come out in early April after program executives review industry comments to the revised strategy and incorporate them into a final document sources said.

GSA to open schedules Responding to a General Accounting Office report on cooperative purchasing GSA officials have begun to work on a registration process that will allow state and local governments to register to use federal multiple-award schedule (MAS) contracts. William Gormley assistant commissioner for acquisition at GSA's Federal Supply Service said the agency hopes to design the process as a simple one-time registration which would probably take place using the Internet.

GAO's report issued this month said GSA should be able to negotiate better prices by letting nonfederal users buy off MAS contracts but the benefits may be limited because some state and local governments may have to change regulations to use the program and because other vehicles may offer better prices and more specialized items than MAS.

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