GSA launches Federal Acquisition Service

Deidre Lee

Barbara Shelton

The General Services Administration has taken a big step toward its goal of establishing the Federal Acquisition Service before the end of the fiscal year. GSA administrator Stephen Perry earlier this month issued a written order officially combining the Federal Technology and Federal Supply services.

While the new organization is far from complete'with congressional and personnel changes at the top of the to-do list'Perry's order sets the wheels in official motion to begin the merger. FTS and FSS will, however, remain in place until the transfer can be completed effectively, Perry said.

They would not have issued this if there were any remaining congressional hurdles that could not be overcome, said Larry Allen, executive director of the Coalition for Government Procurement, a Washington trade association. 'This is Perry's way of making something that has been long anticipated official.'

The new FAS has already started taking shape. Perry named Barbara Shelton as acting FAS commissioner; Deidre Lee to lead Integrated Technology Solutions, which includes telecommunications contracts, governmentwide acquisition contracts, professional-services schedules, IT schedules, and program, planning and development; and Jon Jordan to be the service's controller.

Perry went forward with the decision to divide the nationwide offices into six zones, down from FAS' 11 regions. GSA received some pushback from the Hill on this setup because members said it lacked enough oversight.

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