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GSA Reunites Acquisition Policy and Office of Governmentwide Policy

Move Will Improve Accountability, Transparency, and Efficiency of Government Procurement

GSA #10622

August 11, 2009
Contact: Sahar Wali, (202) 501-1231
sahar.wali@gsa.gov 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration today announced that it will bring the Office of Acquisition Policy back into the Office of Governmentwide Policy.

Both offices share a common mission, which they will better be able to fulfill under combined leadership, to guide policy and procurement across government and to increase effective management of government assets and efficient spending of taxpayer money. Originally part of the Office of Governmentwide Policy, the Office of Acquisition Policy was renamed Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer when they were separated in July 2004.

“Bringing acquisition policy back into the Office of Governmentwide Policy positions GSA to better fulfill our mission to drive innovation, accountability, and transparency across government,” said GSA Acting Administrator Paul F. Prouty. 

GSA has named Michael Robertson as Associate Administrator of the reunited Office of Governmentwide Policy. Robertson has served as GSA’s White House liaison since March. Before coming to GSA, he served as the deputy working group lead for the Energy and Environment Agency Review Team on the Obama-Biden Transition Project, the Director of Congressional Affairs on the Obama for America Presidential Campaign, and then-Sen. Barack Obama's Legislative Coordinator and Deputy to the Chief Counsel.

“Michael Robertson is an outstanding choice to lead these important policymaking offices,” said Prouty “His record of building coalitions and driving innovation and change will serve GSA particularly well as it carries out this transition.”

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GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.

  • Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars and $24 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.
  • GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 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 E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.