Doan Testifies Before U.S. House Small Business Committee
August 2, 2007
Contact: Katharine Uhre (202) 501-1231
Washington, DC – U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Lurita Doan today testified before the U.S. House Small Business Committee regarding the GSA commitment to creating small and disadvantaged businesses opportunities to succeed. On a national level, GSA has significantly increased its spending on small businesses to $1.7 billion.
“GSA is committed to supporting small and disadvantaged businesses across the country. For example, during the past year, 62 percent of all contracting dollars spent by GSA in the Gulf region were awarded to small businesses,” said Doan. “I know from experience that the single, most important element to ensure small businesses success is a favorable business environment that rewards and encourages entrepreneurs.”
Specifically, GSA is working to:
- Hold prime contractors accountable through modified invoice formats;
- Make opportunities available faster by slashing the time it takes for a small company to negotiate a GSA schedule from over 157 days to in some cases 30 days;
- Increase transparency in GSA processes with monthly training and outreach sessions in cities throughout the U.S.;
- Intensify focus on revitalization of Gulf Coast Region by continuing to raise the percentage of small business contracting dollars for work in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana;
- Expand opportunities in emergency response using a newly created Office of Emergency Response and Recovery reporting directly to the Administrator.
Additionally, GSA management is working to instill a commitment to creating a culture of innovation and continual improvement with its procurement professionals.
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 425 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.