Oversight of the Post-FTS2000 Telecommunications Contract: Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Government Management, Information, and Technology of the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, April 30, 1997

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The drafting and negotiating stage of the Post-FTS 2000 telecommunications process is finally coming to a close. This is a multibillion dollar procurement. Now that we are on the verge of the new contract, we will hear from the General Services Administration how it maximized competition yet provided the Government the flexibility it needs to take advantage of a quickly changing telecommunications environment. Cf. Page 1.
 

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Page 23 - Individual price elements (ie, unbundled prices) are required for all required and optional services. 10. Contractors may also offer bundled prices. The price structure will allow fixed discounts for optional bundles offered by the contractor. (This is structurally similar to the scenario based discounts used in the FTS2000 Year 7 Price Redetermination.) However, the sole basis of contract award is per item 4 above.
Page 22 - Acquisitions (MAA) and other opportunity to maximize competition Specifically, the Government will: • Award multiple contracts for FTS2001 • Award MAA contracts in multiple areas, multiple contracts may be awarded in any particular area at the option of the Government...
Page 23 - Contractors determine when (ie, at time of submission of proposals or anytime during the contract life) and where to offer optional services. 7. Optional services must meet all requirements as specified in the appropriate RFP (eg, optional local transport service offered by an FTS2001 contractor must meet the technical specification for local transport in the MAA RFP). 8. Prices, whether offered for required or optional services, must comply with the price structures contained in Section B of the...
Page 23 - The Government's sole obligation under any contract will be to meet the minimum revenue guarantees (eg, the Government does not plan to manage a revenue or traffic distribution among the contracts). 6. Contractors (ie. vendors who have won either an FTS2001 or an MAA contract) may offer optional services. Contractors determine which specific optional services to offer. Contractors determine when (ie, at time of submission of proposals or anytime during the contract life) and where to offer optional...
Page 3 - House Government Reform and Oversight Subcommittee on Government Management, Information, and Technology April 30, 1997 Mr.
Page 22 - Strategy In general, the Government's goals will be met by: • Multiple, overlapping, staggered contracts • Comprehensive and niche contracts • Awarding minimum revenue guarantees (eg, SIB in...
Page 8 - ... and the current program has been successful. But if we don't change in this environment, the next generation won't be. So we have had to change from a base of success, and sometimes that is awfully hard to do. When you fail, change is fairly easy. We have been successful, and this change has come in consultation with a lot of interested parties. So we have a lot of confidence in what has been done. Mr. HORN. Have any segments of the industry expressed reservations regarding the current strategy,...
Page 24 - The following principles supplement the 12 Principles issued on 18 February 1997 Original Principle 12 is hereby deleted and replaced with the following new Principle 12 12. The contract duration of the FTS2001 and MAA will be the same Specifically, the contract duration for the FTS200I and MAA contracts will be 4 base years and 4 one year options.
Page 30 - September 26, 1990, and to express my distress over your apparent lack of understanding of the investigative and legislative functions of the Congress, On September 21, 1990, I agreed to allow my staff to...

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