GSA studies how to reorganize its services

GSA's David Bibb says there are ways to improve the agency's setup.

The General Services Administration is trying to head off'or help out'Rep. Tom Davis before he demands the agency make organizational changes.

The Virginia Republican, chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, has said repeatedly that he will hold hearings on ways to improve and reorganize GSA.

GSA administrator Stephen Perry decided to jump-start the process by setting up an executive steering committee and five working groups to oversee the second restructuring of the agency in the last four years.

A focus of the reviews will be changing GSA's two IT-oriented procurement offices, the Federal Supply Service and Federal Technology Service.

In addition, the working groups will make a careful study of the CIO and IT functions and the chief financial officer functions of each service and GSA as a whole.

'Do we really need a CIO for FTS, FSS, the Public Buildings Service and the administrative part of GSA?' asked David Bibb, GSA's deputy administrator.

'We may not necessarily combine everything under one CIO, but it is something we need to take a look at,' Bibb said.

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