Freeze doesn't nip FTS biz

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The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service so far has survived the information technology funding freeze.

Sandra Bates, FTS commissioner, said the agency hasn't lost any business because of the freeze that the Office of Management and Budget has placed on the funding for planned systems in federal agencies slated to become part of the proposed Homeland Security Department.

Much of FTS' homeland security work is at the Defense Department, which isn't affected by the freeze, Bates told a congressional panel last week. And other homeland work performed by FTS includes smaller projects at the regional level that don't hit the $500,000 threshold set by OMB.

However, last year's terrorist attacks have FTS officials thinking about the service's role in homeland security, Bates said. She has been talking with Steve Cooper, chief information officer at the Office of Homeland Security, about how FTS can provide contract support for homeland security.

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