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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 105-99
March 15, 1999

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE CHOOSES FTS2001 TELEPHONE PROVIDER

The Department of Defense today announced the selection of MCI WorldCom to provide switched voice services under one of the FTS2001 telephone contracts recently awarded by the General Services Administration. The selection includes commercial long distance, calling card, toll-free and "900" services for the Department of Defense.

GSA awarded the FTS2001 contracts to Sprint and MCI WorldCom in December 1998 and January 1999, respectively. They replace the two FTS2000 contracts held by AT&T and Sprint which expired last December. GSA has extended these contracts to afford agencies time to transition to the new FTS2001 arrangement. The selection was reviewed by representatives of the office of the assistant secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications and Intelligence), the military Services, and the Defense Information Systems Agency.

"DoD's decision was based on a best-value assessment that obviously included price but also placed a high value on the vendor's level of transition support," said John Johnson, DoD's transition manager for FTS2001. "This was a tough decision between two outstanding service providers."

For further information on the FTS2001 selection, contact the public affairs office of the Defense Information Systems Agency, (703) 607-6900.

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