GSA: Study backs depot plan

GSA: Study backs depot plan

An independent report has concluded that the General Services Administration and its supply service customers would reap savings if GSA outsourced its eight supply depots, Federal Supply Service officials say.

Logistics Management Institute of McLean, Va., and two consultants presented the findings this month to officials from GSA, the American Federation of Government Employees and the National Federation of Federal Employees.

The analysis leaves no doubt that substantial, durable and long-term changes must be made,' Frank Pugliese, commissioner of GSA's FSS, said in a memo to employees.

The issue of the supply warehouses has been dogging GSA since last year when it began a project to close the depots and let agencies order goods directly from vendors over the Internet. AFGE protested the move, eventually halting the closures [GCN, Jan. 24, Page 6].

GSA officials said no timetable has been set for a decision on the depots.

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