Administrator Doan Helps Open GSA Expo
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U.S. General Services Administration
Opening Ceremony, GSA Expo 2007
May 15, 2007
Thank You, Dennis (Dorsey).
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 13th GSA International Products and Services Expo.
I’m very pleased to be joined by Deputy Administrator David Bibb, FAS Commissioner Jim Williams, PBS Commissioner David Winstead, Regional Administrator Ed Fielder, and all our GSA employees who worked so hard to arrange our 2007 expo.
And a special welcome to Paul Denett, Administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, Office of Management and Budget.
This is an exciting event and an exciting time for GSA. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: GSA has got its groove back!
- FAS is delivering innovative solutions and superior service to our client agencies;
- We’ve revitalized our partnership with our biggest client agency, DoD. i’m certain this relationship will continue to flourish.
- As we’re in Florida, with hurricane season coming fast and the first tropical storm named last week (Andrea), I’m pleased to say we’ve made big advancements in GSA’s emergency response capabilities, and we’ve got a newly appointed Associate Administrator, Richard Reed, who brings years of expertise to lead this organization.
- and, David Winstead continues to lead PBS in all areas, including sustainable design and energy efficiency.
And by the way, several tracks at this year’s expo focus on environmental issues.
I’d like to take a second to recognize all the GSA employees whose hard work has led us to this moment. That includes Gary Feit, Darlene Upshaw, Rob Wexler and Harry Butler from Washington, and Dennis Dorsey, Bill Sisk, Kelley Holcombe and Melinda Wagoner from our Southeast Sunbelt Regional Office.
I’d also like to recognize all of the federal, state and local government employees with us today. I know there are over 6,000 public servants here at the expo from just about every state and over 370 different federal agencies. We’re very excited that new initiatives like 833 and cooperative purchasing have brought in a whole new customer base for GSA's products and services. As we recently celebrated public service recognition week, let me again take a moment to acknowledge all the men and women who serve america. Please join me in a round of applause for our public servants.
You know, the expo started as a trade show. Today, it’s GSA’s premier training and customer outreach event. Attendance will hit 9,000 this week, compared to 1,000 back in 1996. customers from 370 agencies and bureaus and seven foreign nations are with us. We have over 800 commercial partners, both large and small businesses, in over 1,200 booths. And they’ve brought along over 3,500 technical and senior managers. Industry partners play an important role at the expo. Thank you for your support.
We’re offering over 255 class hours of training on over 136 different topics this week. Workshops will focus on procurement, program solutions, travel, e-business and many other key interest areas. All classes offer Certified Learning Point (CLP) credit for professional certifications.
Please take advantage of these training opportunities.
Tomorrow I’ll be touring the Vets GWAC Pavilion. I’m proud to say that GSA, through the Vets GWAC, has taken the lead in the Service-Disabled Veteran Presidential Initiative set forth in Executive Order 13360. I applaud Assistant Secretary Howard and his leadership in encouraging the use of the GSA Vets GWAC for the purchase of technology goods and services.
And please remember that our GSA employees are here to help make this a successful conference. Many of our top senior managers and regional administrators are also here and will be glad to help address your questions and concerns.
In closing, let me again thank all of you for your strong support of GSA and your participation in this year's Expo. We look forward to building upon our strong relationship with each of you in the future.
Thank you all very much.