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GSA issues FTS 2001 amendment The General Services Administration late last week issued as planned an amendment to the FTS 2001 solicitation for governmentwide long-distance telecommunications services. The amendment identified nine of the 19 services in the initial solicitation as optional for vendors to bid. One other service federal relay for the hearing impaired will be acquired through a separate contract.

The amendment also limits the number of awards to two and increases vendors' total minimum-revenue guarantee to $1.5 billion. Competition will proceed in two phases. In the first phase GSA will award a contract worth a minimum of $750 million to the vendor that submitted the best offer. GSA will publish that vendor's rates and then hold another round of competition for the second award.

NIH releases networking RFP

The National Institutes of Health last week released a solicitation for a contract to supply hardware and software for its next-generation network infrastructure. The agency anticipates migrating its networks to Asynchronous Transfer Mode technology to support high-bandwidth applications such as medical imaging.NIH plans to award one or more five-year contracts potentially worth a total of $100 million. But officials have said previously that the agency would probably spend considerably less than that because they plan to buy desktop computers servers and software from other contracts.

The procurement is the final one of Project CERTAN (Computer Equipment Resources and Technology Acquisition for NIH) other aspects of which include mainframes and high-performance systems.

Remez to replace Thompson as GSA CIO

Shereen Remez assistant chief information officer for capital planning and information technology architecture at the General Services Administration will replace the retiring Joe Thompson in January as the agency's CIO. Donald Heffernan GSA's assistant CIO for information architecture will replace GSA's retiring deputy CIO Donald Venneberg. Heffernan also will continue to perform his current job.

Day moves up at EPA

Mark Day has been named acting director of information resources management at the Environmental Protection Agency. He replaces Paul Wohlleben who moved to the General Services Administration last month.

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