Letter from the Administrator
The General Services Administration (GSA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Agency Financial Report (AFR) details our accomplishments and challenges in program and financial management over the past year. The audit opinion and financial results reported in the AFR demonstrate GSA’s commitment to operational integrity and transparency as a steward of public resources.
Sixty-six years ago President Truman created GSA to fill a void in federal administrative services. Over the decades, GSA has become the backbone of the Federal Government, touching nearly every aspect of government operations and deploying our wide-ranging expertise and innovation to fulfill mission-critical tasks for our sister federal agencies.
GSA’s mission is to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisitions, and technology to the government and the American people. With our acquisition expertise, information technology solutions, and modern and efficient workspaces, GSA is positioned to proactively help agencies to more successfully accomplish their missions.
With a wide range of products and services, GSA understands the buying needs of partner agencies and will help them develop cost-effective solutions. GSA is driving excellence in acquisition by applying industry best practices, organizing around categories of goods and services rather than acquisition channels. This will allow us to provide valuable acquisition advice, better contract vehicles, and a full spectrum of assisted acquisition services. We are bringing visibility to best practices and acquisition solutions through the Acquisition Gateway, a shared service for government acquisition needs, providing a single organized platform to enable all levels of government to access tools and expertise that informs data-driven buying decisions.
As the custodian of 370 million square feet of Federal government office space, GSA can have a significant impact on workplace quality for Federal employees. This is a critical factor in maintaining high employee engagement and successful performance. By reducing and modernizing the Federal Government real estate footprint, we will establish workplaces that allow agencies to better collaborate and recruit top talent. This enables agencies to increase performance and better achieve their missions at lower cost. The cost savings achieved by reducing square footage can be invested into agencies’ missions.
GSA is working to further support the communities in which we are located through acting as an economic catalyst. By engaging with communities, we can make decisions that are beneficial to the taxpayer, the federal agencies we support, and the communities in which we work.
The changing face of technology has dramatically altered the way government interacts with our agency partners, industry, and individuals. GSA is creating new tools and new approaches to better deliver these solutions. This is why we have created a workforce that can support federal agencies in developing many of the government’s most innovative projects. 18F brings together a team of experts and innovators to make government’s digital services more efficient and effective. Recruited from across the private and public sectors, these women and men are collaborating with federal agencies and helping them improve their digital service delivery.
Our Integrated Technology Services (ITS) provides an array of Information Technology solutions to partner agencies that collectively have helped agencies recognize cost savings. ITS is creating the next generation of innovative solutions for the government like the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions, Alliant 2 and Alliant Small Business 2, and Government-wide Strategic Solutions for laptops and desktops.
At a time when GSA is adapting to new challenges in a difficult fiscal environment, we must make the most out of the resources at our disposal. That is why we are prioritizing operational excellence across the organization. GSA has focused on making internal operations more efficient. Our effort to realign and consolidate administrative functions are expected to generate substantial cost savings over the next few years.
Demonstrating our commitment to focusing on those services where we can provide the most value, GSA has also transitioned its financial management line of business to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). With this shift, the Federal Government’s shared services offerings are simplified and improved, while GSA is able to better focus on its core mission.
As outlined in the Management Assurances Section of this report, GSA conducted its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over operations, systems, and financial reporting. GSA provides reasonable assurance that internal controls were operating effectively in each of these areas throughout the year. Management relies on these controls to identify material inadequacies in financial and program performance areas and to identify corrective actions needed to resolve them. As required by the Reports Consolidation Act of 2000, I have assessed the financial and performance data used in this report, and believe them to be complete and reliable.
GSA is a dynamic agency that is indispensable to the working of government, and making positive change in communities across the country. This report demonstrates the commitment of the women and men of GSA to create the most efficient agency possible in order to better serve partner agencies and the communities in which we work and live.
Denise Turner Roth
November 10, 2015