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GSA, DoD Outline Acquisition Excellence Highlights with New MOA

GSA #10302

December 12, 2006
Contact: Katharine Uhre (202) 501-1231
katharine.uhre@gsa.gov

Washington, DC — A memorandum of agreement (MOA) outlining more than 20 areas on which the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Department of Defense (DoD) will work together to achieve acquisition excellence received signatures from Shay Assad, Director of Defense Procurement and Acquisition Policy, and Emily Murphy, GSA's Chief Acquisition Officer, GSA officials announced today.

"The MOA is a reflection of GSA’s focus on customer service and further evidence of our growing partnership with DoD," said GSA Deputy Administrator David Bibb. Mr. Bibb led a GSA team chartered by Administrator Lurita Doan to develop improved ways of providing service to GSA’s largest customer. "The working group on this MOA should be commended. We at GSA believe this MOA sends a strong signal of each agency’s intent to work closely with one another."

"This agreement represents a focused approach to improving acquisition processes and results, reducing the time it takes to get best value goods and services to the warfighter, for example, while providing the American warfighter with quality products and services," said Jim Williams, Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

"The Public Buildings Service is committed to providing acquisition services that fully support and meet the facility needs of DoD," said David L. Winstead, Commissioner of the Public Building Service.

"As we implement the agreement, GSA will be even better positioned to provide best value goods and services to meet the warfighters’ needs," said Ms. Murphy.

The agreement focuses on every aspect of an acquisition from the identification of requirements through contract closeout. Mr. Bibb also said the MOA will bring definition to some ambiguous aspects of existing acquisition policy with regard to interagency contracting, clearly establishes lines of responsibility and clarifies the rules that apply to the acquisitions conducted on behalf of DoD. "It focuses on acquisition excellence in every aspect of conducting procurements in a timely manner," Mr. Bibb said.

Mr. Williams said GSA has already begun working with DoD to implement much of what is agreed to in the MOA. "The result will be improved value for the taxpayer as well as increased competition in the market place. The best part of the MOA is that it anticipates course correction as we implement the agreement over time to ensure that our focus on meeting the warfighters’ needs is never lost," said Mr. Williams.

The agreement follows months of discussions between the parties on how GSA could better serve the Defense Department. Working collaboratively, GSA and DoD will work on a series of action items highlighted in the MOA to best serve the warfighter and the taxpayer.

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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 170,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of FirstGov.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and e-travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.  

Did you know? GSA Office of Global Supply partnered with the Defense Logistics Agency at the Mina Abdullah Distribution Center in Kuwait. By using less expensive surface transportation methods, GSA saved nearly $106 million in airlift and shipping costs.