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SBA GIVES SPRINT HIGHEST RATING FOR USING SMALL AND SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESSES UNDER FTS2000 CONTRACT

 SBA GIVES SPRINT HIGHEST RATING FOR USING SMALL
 AND SMALL DISADVANTAGED BUSINESSES UNDER FTS2000 CONTRACT
 WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The Small Business Administration (SBA) gave the highest evaluation possible to Sprint for its purchasing activities with small and small disadvantaged businesses under the FTS2000 contract. FTS2000 is the government's advanced, cost-effective telecommunications network awarded in 1988.
 Government law requires that the SBA review subcontracting activity of all large government contracts, including FTS2000, to ensure compliance with small and small disadvantaged business subcontracting goals.
 Through interviews, financial verification, trend analysis, and review of Sprint's purchasing procedures and documents associated with the outreach program and overall compliance, the SBA team "found that Sprint had an excellent subcontracting program which provided maximum practicable opportunities for small and small disadvantaged business," according to the SBA's report. "Outreach efforts are superior to any other prime contractor the team has reviewed."
 Sprint's Government Systems Division, which manages the company's business with the federal government, is exceeding its 10-year goal of committing 24.8 percent of its subcontracts to small and small disadvantaged businesses. Since 1989, more than 33.8 percent, or $24.7 million, of Sprint's FTS2000 subcontracts has been awarded to small and small disadvantaged businesses.
 According to the SBA's report, "the major findings indicate the emphasis the company gives the program. Percents to small and small disadvantaged businesses have continued to rise even though it was initially thought the opportunities would be decreasing as the contract progressed.
 "Sprint is constantly working on new and innovative methods to use in providing opportunities for small and small disadvantaged business concerns."
 Sprint has gone beyond the program requirements in many areas through its small and small disadvantaged business program. Launched in 1988, the program includes awareness training for all levels of employees, an active outreach program including participating in trade fairs and advertising in ethnic/trade journals, and the development of a database with more than 10,000 small and minority vendors.
 An executive advisory council on small business procurement works to guide the corporation's efforts to identify future opportunities in a wide range of procurement commodities, particularly in "non- traditional" areas such as advertising, insurance, transportation and professional services.
 "Sprint clearly is committed to using small and small disadvantaged businesses not only in the federal arena, but across the board in all of our commercial operations as well," said Chris Rooney, president of Sprint's Government Systems Division. "Over one-third of Sprint's FTS2000 subcontracts has gone to small and small disadvantaged businesses. We estimate that the total volume of subcontracts to small and small disadvantaged businesses could reach more than $43 million over the ten-year FTS2000 contract."
 In addition to this excellent rating, Sprint received the SBA's 1991 Region Seven Majority Private Sector Award for its outstanding efforts in supporting small and small disadvantaged businesses. This award was presented during Minority Enterprise Development Week in September 1991.
 Sprint is a unit of United Telecommunications, Inc. (NYSE: UT), a diversified international telecommunications company with $8.7 billion in revenues. Sprint, with the United States' only nationwide all-digital, fiber-optic network, provides comprehensive array of global voice, data and video co04unications products and services.
 /CONTACT: Janis Langley, 202-828-7427 or, after hours, 703-533-3322; or Vince Hovanec, 202-828-7423 or, after hours, 202-387-1496, both of Sprint/
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