GSA Leader Wins National Award for Veterans Support
June 27, 2007
Contact: GSA Public Affairs, (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration’s Mary Parks today was presented with Rolling Thunder’s Annual Veterans for Veterans Champion Award for supporting veterans at the Third Annual National Veteran Small Business Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ms. Parks played a leading role in implementing GSA’s new Veterans Technology Services (VETS) contract, a set-aside contract for service-disabled, veteran-owned small technology firms. She is Director of GSA’s Small Business Governmentwide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
In accepting the award from Rolling Thunder’s Director of Veterans Business Affairs Michael “Scott” Golden, Ms. Parks highlighted more than her contribution. “This award culminates a lot of hard work from GSA and other federal agencies to open up more federal contracts to veterans who are small business owners, and I’m proud and honored to accept on everyone’s behalf. We’re all committed to providing federal business opportunities for veterans.”
“Veterans are natural partners in GSA’s every day efforts to support our customers and provide best value for every taxpayer dollar,” said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. ”We’re proud to be recognized for encouraging that partnership.”
The VETS GWAC is a multiple award contract with a five-year initial term and a five-year option period available. It has a potential overall value of $5 billion. VETS is designed to provide cutting-edge technology solutions to federal agencies while assisting them in reaching their presidentially mandated 3 percent goal for contracting with service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. A complete list of industry partners along with VETS contract and pricing information is available on the VETS GWAC website at www.gsa.gov/vetsgwac.
In addition to VETS, GSA provides a contract portfolio that includes offerings from small disadvantaged 8(a) firms and historically underutilized business zone (HUBZone) small businesses, as well as large-business integrators.
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 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 205,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, 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 eGov Travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did You Know? GSA supplies U.S. military troops in Iraqi with office supplies and paper products as well as sports utility vehicles modified to run in sand. These products are valued over $130 million and are part of GSA’s ongoing commitment in the War on Terror.