GSA Cleared to Establish Federal Acquisition Service
April 5, 2007
Contact: Jon Anderson (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC — Full implementation is cleared to begin for the U.S. General Service Administration’s FAS organizational plan, after the agency reached an agreement with both unions representing employees, Administrator Lurita Doan announced today.
“In completing this final step to establishing the new FAS organization, GSA can now provide truly 21st century benefits to our customers—through better, easier, more efficient and effective services,” said Administrator Doan. “In combining the best of our legacy Federal Technology Service and Federal Supply Service, we create a stronger and more effective Federal Acquisition Service.”
The new FAS will provide:
- Improved customer service and focus
- Better support for the President’s Management Agenda
- Greater business flexibility for acquisition solutions
- Enhanced financial management and accountability
- Increased efficiencies
- Greater standardization and innovation within FAS and with GSA’s industry partners
- Greater career opportunities for GSA employees
“This is a great day for GSA, our employees, our federal agency customers, and our business partners,” FAS Commissioner Jim Williams stated. “This final step in establishing FAS will ensure that GSA continues as the premier procurement and acquisition agency for the federal government. FAS is all about service, innovation and value.”
The first GSA Order establishing FAS’s organizational design followed shortly after President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 2066, the General Services Administration Modernization Act in October 2006. This act authorized creation of FAS and established a new, single GSA fund out of two to streamline acquisitions for GSA customers—the Acquisition Services Fund. A second GSA Order in December 2006 established FAS regional structures. Positions, reporting relationships and operational processes within FAS are established with the completion of collective bargaining obligations. With these negotiations now complete, GSA will implement the entire package of changes necessary for creating the new FAS headquarters and 11 regional offices across the nation.
Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government. GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 205,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and eGov Travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did You Know? FAS annual business volume of $46 billion accounts for more than one-seventh of the entire federal procurement budget. FAS manages acquisition programs that include information technology, telecommunications, furniture, tools, office products and supply items and all travel, motor vehicles and credit card services.