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GSA Acting Administrator Delivers Testimony at Senate Nomination Hearing

June 18, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC -- Today, U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Acting Administrator Dan Tangherlini testified at his nomination hearing before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. In his testimony, Tangherlini discussed the agency’s renewed focus on its mission to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to government and the American people.

Just over one year ago, President Obama appointed Tangherlini as Acting Administrator of GSA during a very challenging time for the agency. He led a comprehensive top to bottom review of the agency, gathering input from individuals at every level of the organization, as well as partners in the federal government and the private sector. This process helped cultivate a culture of continuous evaluation and improvement throughout GSA at a time when the agency’s services are needed most.

“We have made real progress at a time when the mission of our agency has never been more important. Today, as budgets tighten, GSA is uniquely positioned to help federal agencies get better outcomes from their program dollars by leveraging the scope and scale of the federal government to deliver common sense solutions and significant savings,” said Tangherlini.

Tangherlini’s common-sense reforms have led to concrete results. During the past fiscal year, GSA reduced spending on travel, IT devices, and printing to end the year 43 percent lower than the FY10 baseline for those items. In travel alone, the agency saved $28 million dollars by revising internal travel and conference policies. Last year, the agency reduced bonuses by 64 percent, including the elimination of all bonuses within the administrator’s office. In addition, GSA’s “Great Ideas Hunt” created more than $5 million in savings by implementing employee ideas.

Tangherlini has also begun the process of consolidating key administrative service functions to eliminate unnecessary redundancy and better align internal operations. This effort will not only help the agency become a more efficient and effective agency, but will also save $200 million over the next 10 years.

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