GSA's Budget Reflects Emphasis on Managing for Results(Attached is GSA FY 2003 Budget Overview )
February 5, 2002
Contact: Bill Bearden (202) 501-1030
WASHINGTON, D.C.� President Bush's Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 budget request for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) includes $260 million in direct-funded operating appropriations and obligation authority of $18.9 billion, to provide procurement and property management services to Federal agencies.
"The President's budget request for GSA represents an important step toward enabling the agency to achieve his goal of significantly improving government performance by being customer-centric, efficient and results-oriented," said GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry.
For example, the budget supports GSA's initiative to improve real and personal property asset management practices. This initiative was also supported by the president's "Freedom-to-Manage" legislative package, which proposed changes to the 50-year-old Property Administrative Services Act to allow agencies such as GSA to use modern property management practices.
The budget also supports GSA's initiative to address the large backlog of deferred maintenance, repairs and alterations to GSA-managed Federal buildings. GSA manages 8,300 government-owned and leased buildings, which house more than 1 million Federal workers in 1,600 U.S. communities. Many of the 1,600 government-owned buildings are in need of repair and alterations work. The 2003 budget includes $986 million to address many of the needed repairs and alterations, thereby providing a safe and healthy work environment. This initiative is consistent with GSA's mission, "To help Federal agencies better serve the public by offering, at best value, superior workplaces, expert solutions, acquisition services and management policies."
The budget includes $557 million for new construction. This enables continuation of the Federal courthouse construction program and border stations, which are part of Homeland Security efforts.
To make it easier for citizens and businesses to obtain information and do business with the government, GSA's budget request includes $45 million to fund governmentwide electronic government (E-Gov) initiatives and $10 million to fund a new Office of Citizen Services.
The budget request includes increased funding to permit GSA to continue a high-level security for GSA-managed facilities and provide additional security threat reduction measures.
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 8,300 government -owned and leased buildings.