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GSA Administrator Addresses Acquisition Workforce Issues

GSA #  10558

November 20, 2008
Contact:  Mike Collins (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON – Active leadership and innovative recruitment strategies are needed to address longstanding problems in the federal acquisition workforce, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Acting Administrator James A. Williams said Thursday.

“We must provide the personnel and leadership to ensure that the federal acquisition system consistently delivers best value to the government and taxpayers,” Williams told some 600 contracting professionals at the annual Government Contracting Management Association Conference in Bethesda, MD.

Another critical issue involves the recruitment and retention of young contracting professionals. “We need to learn how to speak to a whole new generation of potential employees and how to find them,” Williams said. “We need to clearly articulate how important their work is to the success of government operations, and stress the value and reward of a career
in civil service.”

Williams also stressed the importance of accountability, integrity and transparency in federal contracting. “Contracting officers and procurement specialists must make decisions that wisely use tax dollars to support the missions of all government agencies, and those decisions must be fully transparent to the public.”

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GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
• Founded in 1949, 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 208,000 vehicles.  
• GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 historic properties, and as manager of, the official portal to federal government information and services.
• GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

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