GSA moves forward on merger of tech, general acquisition services

Congressional committees have given GSA the green light to move forward with the merger of two acquisition divisions into a single Federal Acquisition Service.

Congressional committees have given GSA the green light to move forward with the merger of two acquisition divisions into a single Federal Acquisition Service, the Post's Stephen Barr reports.

The new acquisition service will be formed by merging GSA's Federal Technology Service, which buys technology such as computers, software and telecommunications, with its Federal Supply Service, which buys vehicles, property and general supplies and services.

"Our goal is to implement FAS as soon as possible," David L. Bibb , the GSA's acting administrator, told employees in a message Friday.

Part of doing the reorg is to combine the two divisions' funds, but that requires Congressional approval. While the House approved the merging of monies, the proposal is now before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The move stems from declining revenue for GSA, Barr notes, "because of inappropriate contracting activities in recent years that had to be corrected and that hampered its ability to meet the needs of the Pentagon and other large agencies that are among its customers."

Lurita Alexis Doan, a high-tech entrepreneur in the DC area, has been selected as the next head of GSA.

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