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GSA Creates Center for Acquisition Excellence

GSA #10079

May 10, 2004
Contact: Viki Reath (202) 501-1499
viki.reath@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced that its Federal Supply Service (FSS) has created the FSS Center for Acquisition Excellence to provide education and training on GSA Schedules, Global Supply, Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs), GSA Advantage!® and e-Buy.

The FSS Center for Acquisition Excellence is a no fee, e-Learning Center that operates 24/7.  The New FSS Center for Acquisition excellence will debut at the GSA Expo in Orlando, May 11-13, 2004.  There will be 25 computer terminals available for federal visitors and members of the press to preview the on-line training courses.  The majority of the on-line and classroom training courses qualify for Continuing Education Units. 

"We are committed to providing the training and education necessary to arm the federal buying community with the tools and knowledge required to perform best-value acquisitions,” said FSS Commissioner Donna Bennett. “The FSS Center for Acquisition Excellence increases the breadth and depth of GSA’s successful U-MAS training program, by adding courses and online learning."

The FSS Center for Acquisition Excellence and the Defense Acquisition University, as
federal partners, will continue to develop training materials and share educational opportunities, course materials, best practices, selected research and strategic partnership information. 

GSA is a centralized federal procurement, property management, and policy 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. It also plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies. GSA’s 13,000 associates provide services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers located in more than 8,000 government-owned and leased buildings in 2,000 U.S. communities.