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FTS Selects Charles Self as Deputy Commissioner and Robert Suda as Assistant Commissioner of ITI

GSA # 9663

March 29, 2000
Contact: Bill Bearden (202) 501-1231

Washington, DC - The Federal Technology Service of the U.S. General Services Administration has announced that Charles Self will become its new deputy commissioner and Robert Suda, the current chief financial officer and acting chief information officer, will replace Self as assistant commissioner of its Office of Information Technology Integration. Both appointments are effective April 2, 2000.

In making the announcement, newly appointed FTS commissioner Sandra Bates said, "Charles Self has served FTS well as assistant commissioner for IT Integration and the national leader of our IT Solutions business line. He has proven abilities in producing business results, is highly committed to our customers, and has built an excellent relationship with our industry partners. We will make an excellent team, and I look forward to working with him as my deputy."

As the deputy commissioner, Self will serve as the chief operating officer for FTS responsible for all day-to-day management and operations. "I will make the integration of the FTS business lines a top priority and I look forward to the unique challenges presented by the telecommunications industry," Self said.

Since June 1997, under Self's leadership, the FTS IT Solutions business line has provided more than $3 billion per year of nationwide technical and contractual assistance to federal agencies in all areas related to the acquisition, integration, development, management, and use of information systems and technology. The IT Solutions business line is comprised of three nationwide programs: the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM), the Federal Computer Acquisition Center (FEDCAC), and the Federal Acquisition Services for Technology (FAST) program, and eleven regional client support centers. Self directed the development of new business lines such as Seat Management, Smart Card, Financial Management Systems Services, and Fed Learn and was instrumental in the award of numerous multiple award contracts including ANSWER and Millennia.

Suda has been the FTS CFO since January 1998. He started with GSA in 1977 as an intern in the agency's National Capitol Region. Since then, he has held numerous positions in the financial community in both the regional and headquarters offices. Prior to joining FTS, he was Director of Finance for GSA.

Bates commended Suda's private and public sector financial experience and said, "Bob's excellent reputation in the financial community, and his ever expanding capacity to take on new work, position him well to build and strengthen the IT Solutions business line. Bob has established excellent relationships with the FTS regions, with other GSA business units, and with our agency customers. Bob's leadership will only add to the success of our Office of IT Integration."

"I am truly excited about this opportunity," Suda said. He confessed that having spent the last 23 years of his federal career in the financial community, he now would be the old clich� of a recovering 'bean counter.' "My goal is to build on the past successes of the business and to grow it responsibly," he said. "We have numerous opportunities to look at new product lines and enhance existing ones providing our customers with the best solutions to meet the needs of their agency missions."

FTS has also selected Mike Norris as acting CFO and Mike McNeill as acting CIO.

FTS provides telecommunications services and information technology solutions for its federal customers. Each year, FTS provides more than $4.3 billion in products and services through a wide variety of products, services and solutions. It provides telecommunications such as global voice, data and video. It provides information technology solutions that range from major systems integration to desktops and related support. FTS also provides advanced technology products and services including risk analysis and information security support, acquisition services for IT and telecommunications systems, and office automation and network design.