Doan Presents Her GSA Goals, Fields Questions Before Congress
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March 28, 2007
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Washington, DC – Administrator Lurita Doan today told a U.S. House committee strong leadership was needed to restore fiscal discipline when she took over the U.S. General Services Administration last year.
"Bold new leadership was what the President wanted. That's exactly what he got at GSA," said Administrator Doan, speaking before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. “It will be my firm intent to continue to push: To ask questions, to encourage new thinking and to urge continued fiscal discipline. Great progress has already been made to streamline processes and improve efficiencies of all GSA operations and American taxpayers have reaped the rewards.”
Invited to speak before the committee to address questions about the agency’s management, Administrator Doan spoke in detail regarding a report GSA sought for its work with minority and disadvantaged small businesses; the nature of a regularly scheduled team-building “brown bag” lunch with non-career employees; successful contract extension negotiations between contract experts in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service and Sun Microsystems; GSA actions affecting the accounting industry; and her actions regarding GSA’s Office of the Inspector General.
“I was sincerely happy for this opportunity to address the committee’s questions,” said Administrator Doan following her testimony to the committee. “I was able to set the record straight, to put forward the great work we do here at GSA and in the process tell our story – just what this agency is doing to serve the American people.”
In less than a year, GSA has tightened internal financial controls, instituting sound management practices and seeking innovative ways to improve all of its operations, Administrator Doan said.
“These efforts over the past 10 months have resulted in a restoration of a clean audit, a balanced budget, and the identification of approximately $1 billion of wasteful or unneeded spending,” Administrator Doan said.
See the full text of Administrator Doan’s testimony.
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, acting as a steward of more than 420 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-travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did You Know? Employees ranked GSA among the top 10 federal workplaces in three of four broad categories in the FY 2006 Federal Human Capital Survey, according to the Office of Personnel Management.