GSA sets May 31 deadline for draft overhaul plan

By the end of May, the General Services Administration plans to release the first draft of its plan to merge the Federal Supply Service and Federal Technology Service.

A steering committee and three task forces comprised of senior GSA managers and program experts have started detailing the reorganization, identifying areas of opportunity and developing proposed changes, GSA ad- ministrator Stephen Perry said at a hearing of the House Government Reform Committee last week.

The teams expect to finish the draft consolidation plan by May 31 and the final plan in July, Perry said. GSA wants to combine the FSS and FTS offices to better coordinate the procurement of goods, services and technology.

'Two separate buying organizations operating out of different funds has become a barrier to coordinated acquisition of services and the technology needed to support the total solutions agency customers demand,' said Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), the committee's chairman, during the hearing.

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