The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Technology Service announced that customers subscribing to the MCI's Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) service can now place voice calls over their data network using a new or existing MCI provided data circuit. VoIP is a technology that allows the user to make telephone calls using an Internet connection instead of a regular phone line to call anyone who has a telephone number -- including local, long distance, mobile, and international numbers. By consolidating voice and data applications over a single network, MCI's VoIP option provides significant cost savings potential because it does not require a separate telephone service.
GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management, policy development and information provision agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. In this role, GSA acquires products and services on behalf of federal agencies; plays a key role in developing and implementing governmentwide policies; provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers; and encourages a citizen-centric relationship with government by providing a single "point of entry" to the information and services citizens need in a timeframe they can appreciate. This allows citizens to receive accurate, timely and consistent answers and information, and helps federal agencies better respond to citizen inquiries.