FTS commissioner headed to Visa

Dennis Fischer, commissioner of the General Services Administration's

Federal Technology Service, announced today that he will be leaving the agency

April 2 to move to the private sector.

After 30 years in government service, Fischer will become a department head

and vice president in the government sales and integrated solutions

department at Visa U.S.A.'s McLean, Va., office.

Fischer has been commissioner of FTS since November 1997, overseeing the

development of many governmentwide contracts including GSA's recent

multibillion-dollar Seat Management, Answer and Millennia contracts.

He has been at GSA for eight years in various positions and previously

worked at the Treasury Department and the Department of Health and Human

Services.

Sandra Bates, assistant FTS commissioner for two years under Fischer, has

been named to fill the position. She has led many of the agency's largest

programs, including the FTS 2000 and FTS 2001 long-distance contracts.

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