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Jane Patterson

Tel: (225) 342-7701
Fax: (225) 342-7757

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 94280
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70804

Physical Address:
Galvez Building
602 North Fifth Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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The Telecommunications Coordinator (TC)

In accordance with the Administrative Rules and Regulations of OTM, it is the responsibility of all state agencies to appoint one or more Telecommunications Coordinators (TCs) who are recognized as the agency's authorized representatives for approving and coordinating telecommunications activities.

OTM maintains a file of all TCs throughout the state which includes the name, title, mailing address, telephone number, and geographic authority of each TC. Each TC should report any changes in this information to the OTM Information and Training Section Manager.

If a TC leaves a state agency or no longer serves in that capacity, a new coordinator should promptly be appointed, and the OTM Information and Training Section Manager should be notified in writing of this change.  Form OTM 11 may be used for this purpose.

List of agency Telecommunications Coordinators

The Telecommunications Coordinator is charged with:

1. Assuming responsibility for all agency requests for modifications to existing telecommunications equipment, systems or services. This responsibility consists of, but is not limited to:

A. Reviewing all communications requests within the agency to ensure compliance with the standards outlined in the OTM Administrative Rules and Regulations and the Louisiana Administrative Code.
B. Determining the need for and approving or disapproving requests for service and equipment in compliance with the OTM Administrative Rules and Regulations.
C. Forwarding all approved requests for service to the OTM, on appropriate forms, to obtain final approval.

2. Coordinating with OTM for the acquisition of new telecommunications systems or services. Coordination consists of, but is not limited to:

A. Notifying OTM of any new projects or programs or alterations to existing projects or programs which would require the acquisition of new telecommunications systems or services.
B. Informing OTM of planning sessions which would affect the design of a new telecommunications system.
C. Forwarding copies of studies and plans related to the telecommunications requirements of the project to OTM.
D. Submitting any additional information to facilitate determination of the type of telecommunications system required.
E. Providing notification that sufficient funds have been budgeted for the new telecommunications systems.
F. Approving equipment specifications prepared by OTM.
G. Attending, when scheduled, pre-bid conferences to provide additional information to vendors.

3. Developing a program for ongoing review of telecommunications services and expenditures to ensure that unnecessary expenditures are eliminated and that a proper level of service is being provided.

4. Advising OTM of any significant discrepancies in telecommunications systems or services provided by any supplier of these services.

5. Evaluating the use of telecommunications services by the agency to identify the need for instruction and/or training and forwarding recommendations to OTM, who will assist the agency in meeting those needs.

6. Submitting current telephone listings for the agency to be included in all public telephone directories in the state as well as the state government telephone directory.

7. Attending the TC Orientation training and other workshops to learn and stay abreast of new technology, changes in OTM's method of operation and new services offered.