Senate Subcommittee OKs GSA's Vision for Agency Redesign
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Posted April 10, 2006
A Senate subcommittee granted final approval to a plan that will establish the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), agency officials announced.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development granted approval to GSA’s plan to create FAS on April 7, 2006. FAS will be formed by reorganizing GSA’s Federal Supply Service and Federal Technology Service into a single organization.
“We are very pleased that the Senate has granted us the approval to move ahead,” said Acting GSA Administrator David L. Bibb. “This is a great day for GSA and puts us squarely on the path to strengthen our agency’s ability to compete in a marketplace that has grown far more complex and demanding over the decades.
The plan was delivered on February 27, 2006, to leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.
The new FAS will include five major customer centers: Customer Accounts and Research; Acquisition Management; Integrated Technology Services; General Supplies and Services; and Travel, Motor, Vehicle, and Card Services. Each center will be comprised of various divisions in order to serve customer needs and establish GSA as the federal community’s agency of choice when it comes to acquiring goods, services and other workplace needs.
"I am pleased to report that the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, the Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies has given its full approval and support to the GSA plan for reorganization," said Senator Kit Bond (R-MO), chairman of the subcommittee. "My colleagues in the Senate and I are optimistic that the proposed reforms will bring about the new FAS, and I look forward to continuing to support GSA as the agency moves forward."
The new FAS will provide value to the taxpayer by lowering the cost of government – by efficiently leveraging the government’s buying power to obtain the best value in products and services from suppliers at the lowest possible transaction cost.
“With this evolution, we will increase GSA’s value to our federal agency customers and the American taxpayer,” said Bibb.
Read GSA's Press Release.