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GSA Expo 2003 Set to Open in San Antonio

GSA # 10010

May 2, 2003
Contact: GSA Public Affairs, (202) 501-1231


WASHINGTON - Procurement professionals and business decision-makers interested in learning more about government contracting and what local and national vendors have to offer won't want to miss the ninth annual International Products and Services Expo offered by the U.S. General Services Administration from May 6-8 in San Antonio.

The expo will be held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center and is more than just a training event and product expo. GSA Expo 2003 is a can't-miss opportunity for federal and military procurement professionals because it offers them a high-energy atmosphere tailored to meet the needs of the procurement community combined with an in-depth look at what services, products and technologies GSA's suppliers have to offer.

"We believe the GSA Expo 2003 continues its tradition of offering commitment and valuable benefits to GSA's customers and vendors alike," said Donna D. Bennett, Commissioner of GSA's Federal Supply Service. "The Expo is a three-day opportunity for attendees to gain knowledge and expertise and for us to learn what we can do better to help our commercial partners support federal agency missions and respond to the American public."

More than 6,000 federal and military procurement professionals are expected to attend GSA Expo 2003 in San Antonio from May 6-8, a product expo and training event showcasing more than 600 commercial suppliers to the federal government. It is the second time GSA has held this event in San Antonio since 1999.

Coordinated by GSA's Federal Supply Service, GSA Expo 2003 features more than 600 vendors showcasing products and services for federal purchasing agents, procurement officials and federal procurement decision-makers, many of whom will be able to place their orders immediately by using GSAAdvantage!TM, the agency's award-winning online ordering system.

In addition, the Expo includes expanded opportunities for federal and military employees to
enhance their professional standing by earning Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits. More
than 170 hours of instruction will cover such topics as e-business, procurement, travel and
transportation, security and environment. Those who attend the Expo will also be able to learn
about GSAAdvantage!TM (both basic and advanced levels), awarding and administering
Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) orders, performance-based Statements of Work, information
technology (IT), e-Buy, GSA SmartPay cards, security solutions and transportation audits.

For more information, visit http://www.expo.gsa.gov/index.cfm or call (800) 322-9452, ext. 339.

One of three service branches within the agency, FSS plays a key role in the acquisition of services and supplies, including computer and telecommunications equipment, for the federal government.

GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property management agency created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. It acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services. GSA, comprised of 14,000 associates, provides services and solutions for the office operations of over 1 million federal workers located in more than 8,000 government-owned and leased buildings in 2,000 U.S. communities.