GSA Affirms Commitment for National Guard and Reserve
GSA # 10174
July 20, 2005
Contact: Blake Williams (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC – U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Stephen A. Perry today signed a “5-Star” Statement of Support affirming the agency’s commitment to the dedicated men and women of the National Guard and Reserve.
“The men and women of the National Guard and Reserve are committed to the welfare and protection of our country," said Perry. “As they support us, we support their outstanding efforts to protect our freedom and way of life.” He was accompanied by Executive Director of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (NCESGR) Bobby Hollingsworth and Acting Chief of Staff Edwin E. Fielder.
Under this Statement of Support, GSA, as a federal employer, promises to safeguard job positions, support continuation of medical and dental benefits for family members, and grant leaves of absence for military service without penalty of loss of vacation time to those associates who serve in the National Guard and Reserve to the extent allowed under applicable laws. In addition, men and women who serve in the National Guard and Reserve will not be denied employment with GSA nor will there be limited or reduced job and career opportunities due to service in the National Guard or Reserve.
During the ceremony, GSA’s Southeast-Sunbelt Region was honored with the “Caring Award” by Administrator Perry for its GSA Call-up Assistance & Real Expressions of Support Program (C.A.R.E.S.). Led by volunteers, this program offers associates the opportunity to actively express their support and gratitude to GSA associates called up to active military duty in the region.
“GSA is joining a growing number of federal agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and thousands of American employers across this great nation who have pledged support for our troops,” said Hollingsworth. “It sends a clear message to Guardsmen and Reservists that while they’re serving their country, they do not have to worry about their civilian jobs.”
NCESGR is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972 whose mission is to gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve as defined by demonstrated employer commitment to military service. ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.
For more information about the NCESGR, contact the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, 1555 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 200, Arlington, Virginia 22209, (800) 336-4590, (703) 696-1386, or visit www.esgr.mil.
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.