GSA moves to close most warehouses

GSA moves to close most warehouses

The General Services Administration will close six of its eight supply warehouses after all, but most likely not before October, the agency said late last month.

The GSA announcement followed a ruling from the Federal Service Impasses Panel, which found in favor of the agency's streamlining plan, despite the objections of the American Federation of Government Employees [GCN, April 3, 2000, Page 3]. The union had fought the plan and delayed it by about a year.

'We realize this decision and order will be painful for many of our employees and their families,' GSA said in a statement. 'Our objective is to give early notice to affected employees and explain their operations so that each person can make the best decisions for themselves.'

The Federal Supply Service's Office of Supply in Florida will coordinate the closures, which are part of GSA's efforts to let agencies order supplies directly from vendors via the Web rather than through GSA. GSA has said it was losing money maintaining the supply depots.

GSA will maintain two warehouses, one in Burlington, N.J., and one in Stockton, Calif.

The six GSA depots that will close are located in Auburn, Wash.; Chicago; Denver; Springfield, Va.; Fort Worth, Texas; and Palmetto, Ga.

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