House approves reorganization of GSA services

The House of Representatives has unanimously approved the General Services Administration Modernization Act, which will combine the Federal Supply Service and the Federal Technology Service into a single organization.

The new organization will be called the Federal Acquisition Service. The bill also would combine the Information Technology and Supply funds into the Acquisition Services Fund.

The bill was introduced by Rep. Tom Davis, (R-Va.), chairman of the Government Reform Committee, and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee.

'We can help bring GSA in line with the current commercial market that has evolved from standalone hardware or services to solutions that are a mix of products, services and technology,' Davis said in a statement.

Separate buying organizations had become a barrier to coordinated acquisitions, he added.
A Senate version of the bill has not been introduced yet. Drew Crockett, a spokesman for the committee, said the House panel will reach out to Senate committees 'in the near future' to try to get a companion bill in motion.

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