GSA Administrator Perry to Leave GSA
October 3, 2005
Contact: Mary Alice Johnson (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC – After serving more than four years as the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Stephen A. Perry announced his plan to leave that position effective October 31, 2005. Perry was appointed to this position by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 31, 2001. He is one of the longest serving Administrators of GSA in recent history.
In commenting on his service as GSA Administrator Perry said, “It has truly been an honor for me to serve in this important position and to be part of the Bush Administration. I have really enjoyed working with so many highly dedicated public officials and others in Washington, DC and throughout our country.” He also noted that, “I am very proud of the outstanding team we have at GSA and the great progress they have achieved toward being a high-performing, continuously improving and results-oriented agency. Because the GSA team is so committed, capable and focused on providing excellent service for the American people, I have every confidence that progress will continue.
Perry is widely credited with leading the successful implementation of a rigorous Performance Management Process at GSA which has been the key to achieving results in keeping with the goals of President Bush’s Management Agenda. Through this process, GSA has established clear, customer-focused, measurable goals and detailed action plans for all areas. Teams conduct regular reviews to assure that desired results are being achieved and to facilitate associate recognition and accountability.
During his tenure, Perry led an aggressive effort to institute a number of performance-improving changes to enhance GSA’s organizational capability to provide outstanding service in meeting the office space and acquisition requirements of Federal agencies. That included the “One GSA” initiative to foster greater collaboration and consistency among GSA divisions and the “Get it Right” initiative to achieve excellence in Federal acquisitions. The effort to enhance GSA’s organizational capability to meet the increasing needs of Federal agencies also included major organizational design changes implemented in the Public Building Service (PBS) National and Regional offices; and the organizational design changes currently being implemented to combine the Federal Technology Service (FTS) and Federal Supply Service (FSS) into the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).
These important performance improvement initiatives have been carried out with an unprecedented level of engagement with customer agencies, industry contractors, Congressional oversight committees and the entire GSA team. This approach has enhanced GSA’s relationship with key stakeholders and contributed to the success and long-term sustainability of each initiative.
Perry pointed out that, “It is important to note that during these times of challenge and change, many of GSA’s customers satisfaction ratings have reached record high levels; industry, Congress and other stakeholders are supportive; and GSA associates have continued to rate GSA as one of the ’Top 10 Best Places to Work in Government’ each time the biannual survey has been taken in the past four years. This means we are moving in the right direction and have established a great foundation upon which to address the opportunities and challenges we face and to create a very successful future at GSA.
Administrator Perry has not indicated what his future plans hold except to say that he and his wife, Sondra, plan to return to their hometown of Canton, Ohio.
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 governmentwide 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.