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GSA Delivers FAS Organizational Plan To Congress

GSA #10217

February 28, 2006
Contact:  Neil Franz, (202) 501-1231
neil.franz@gsa.gov

Washington, DC—The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that it has delivered to Congress its plan for the proposed Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), a merger of the Federal Supply Service and the Federal Technology Service.  The plan was delivered on February 27 to leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

“We are being responsive to a request by our oversight committees to see our plan,” said Acting GSA Administrator David L. Bibb.  “We hope for a swift and positive reaction from Congress, so that we can take on the hard task of making the new FAS a reality.”

This reorganization of the new main customer centers of the new FAS will include:

  • Customer Accounts and Research (CAR).  CAR will play a vital role helping FAS better understand customer requirements and become a strategic partner in helping agencies meet their requirements.
  • Acquisition Management.  The FAS emphasis on acquisition management will ensure that the services’ activities are fully compliant with laws, regulations and policies, and that operating practices are consistent across business lines.
  • Integrated Technology Services.  This portfolio combines the existing information technology, some professional services, and telecommunications business lines.
  • General Supplies and Services.  This portfolio acquires a broad range of commercial products as well as some professional services, and GSA specialized logistics-based activities.
  • Travel, Motor, Vehicle, and Card Services.  This portfolio operates with respective supplier industries but shares commonalities for customers that provide opportunities for synergy and scale.

“The new FAS will improve support of agencies' internal management processes so they can concentrate on their core missions,” said Acting FAS Commissioner G. Martin Wagner.  “We will continue to offer programmatic expertise, acquisition excellence and the confidence that solutions are consistent with national policy.  In addition, we will focus on helping agency management to be more effective by offering timely and effective solutions at excellent prices that are also easier to manage.”

Once approved, 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 total transaction cost.  The new FAS will also increase value to commercial suppliers of all types and sizes, by creating consistent and innovative processes to offer their products and services to government agencies more efficiently.

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GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management, policy development and information provision agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public.  In this role, GSA acquires products and services on behalf of federal agencies; plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies; provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers; and encourages a citizen-centric relationship with government by providing a single "point of entry" to the information and services citizens need in a timeframe they can appreciate.  This allows citizens to receive accurate, timely and consistent answers and information, and helps Federal agencies better respond to citizen inquiries.


FAS, Federal Acquisition Service