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STATEMENT OF WILLIAM LAWSON
ASSISTANT REGIONAL ADMINISTRATOR

PUBLIC BUILDINGS SERVICE
GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
BEFORE THE
SUBCOMMITTEE ON DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM AND OVERSIGHT
UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

JANUARY 23, 1998

 

Good morning Mr. Chairman. My name is William R. Lawson and I am the Assistant Regional Administrator for the Public Buildings Service of the National Capital Region at the General Services Administration (GSA). Thank you for inviting me here today to provide testimony that will assist with the review and evaluation of the activities associated with the completion of the repairs of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) facilities.

Shortly after General Charles Williams' appointment, we met with him and his staff to establish a collaborative understanding of GSA's potential support of the DCPS Capital Improvements Program. We agreed that DC would pay GSA to provide temporary planning, contractual and other support services while DCPS mobilized its operation to ultimately handle the program on their own. The urgent situation they asked us to deal with initially was to contract on their behalf so that immediate roof repairs to five schools and replace boilers at six others.

Ultimately, GSA contracted for and supervised the work for 9 roof replacements, 6 boiler replacements, 4 boiler replacement designs, one gymnasium renovation that included a roof replacement as well, and two structural repair projects. We completed this work using our existing Federal contracts that were already in place and had been awarded in accordance with the competitive procurement process. The use of existing contracts enabled us to expedite the process. By using these contracts, we were assured reasonable and competitive prices. The projects were also completed within agreed upon deadlines. We are pleased that we were able to contribute to the timely completion of needed building repairs to the schools of the District of Columbia.

Thank you Mr. Chairman. I will be happy to respond to any questions the Committee may have.