Bibb Speaks at 2006 GSA Expo
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David L. Bibb
US General Services Administration
2006 GSA Expo, Opening Ceremony
San Antonio, Texas
Thank you Scott, (Armey), for that kind introduction.
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 12th GSA International Products and Services Expo.
I’m very pleased to be joined by Marty Wagner, Acting Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, Alan Swendiman, Acting Chief of Staff, and all our GSA associates who worked so hard to arrange the 2006 edition of the nation’s largest government-to-government expo.
I’m proud to announce that this year, we will welcome our 70,000th Expo customer and our 5,100th exhibiting company.
This is an exciting Expo and an exciting time for GSA. We’re in the midst of changes that will vastly improve service to our client agencies, which in turn will lead to multiple benefits for the American taxpayer. And we are eagerly anticipating senate confirmation of Lurita Doan, President Bush’s nominee for GSA Administrator. I have met with her twice, and can tell you without hesitation that Mrs. Doan is very eager to start her new assignment. She is enthusiastic about our new organization, the Federal Acquisition Service, and she is committed to firmly establishing GSA as the government’s premier acquisition agency.
I would like to take this opportunity to recognize all the GSA associates whose hard work has led us to this opening ceremony. That includes Harry Butler, Mary Davies and George Price from Washington, and Tyree Varnado, Bill Heffner and Cindy Yandell from our Greater Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regional Offices.
I would also like to recognize all of the federal, state and local government employees with us today. I’m told there are 65,000 federal employees within a 100-mile radius of the Henry Gonzalez Convention Center here in downtown San Antonio. As we recently celebrated Public Service Recognition Week, let me again take a moment to acknowledge all of the men and women who serve America. Please join me in a round of applause for all our public servants.
The Expo, you know, started as a trade show. Today, it is GSA’s premier training and customer outreach event. Attendance is expected to hit 8,500, compared to 1,000 way back in 1994. Customers from 420 agencies and bureaus, and three foreign nations, are here with us. This year we have almost 600 commercial partners in over 1,200 booths. And they have brought along over 2,000 technical and senior managers to staff their booths. Industry partners play an important role at the Expo. Thank you for your support.
This week we’re offering over 210 class hours of training on over 115 different class topics. Workshops will focus on procurement, program solutions, travel and transportation, e-business and many other important areas of interest. All of our classes offer credit for professional certifications.
Please take advantage of these training opportunities. Our over-arching objective is to provide our customers access to the best goods and services available anywhere.
Please remember that our GSA associates are here to help make this a successful conference for you. Many of our top senior managers and regional administrators are also here and will be glad to help address your questions and concerns.
In closing, let me again thank all of you for your strong support of GSA and your active participation in this year's International Products and Services Expo. We look forward to building upon our strong relationship with each of you in the future.
Thank you all very much.