Doan: GSA will be 'turned around'

Lurita Alexis Doan told senators today that she will turn around the General Services Administration if confirmed as the agency's new administrator.

Doan, nominated for the position in early April, told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today that she is confident she can stop the bleeding and bring enthusiasm back to the agency, which has been dogged recently by contracting irregularities and lower revenue.

'This is an agency that has its challenges,' Doan told the committee. 'This is a turnaround' It is nothing that cannot be fixed.'

If approved, Doan will take over an agency that is reducing staff in certain divisions because of a revenue shortfall and is in the midst of a reorganization that has yet to win complete approval from Congress.

Doan said she supports the reorganization, which has already started with the merging of the Federal Technology and Federal Supply services into the Federal Acquisition Service, and expects that the new FAS will improve how the agency performs its business.

'The reorganization is exciting because I believe that, properly executed, it can result in a stronger GSA, able to offer faster contracting services at a lower cost to GSA's government customers and yet still [be] fully compliant with existing regulations,' Doan said.

Committee Chairwoman Susan Collins (R-Maine) said after the hearing she thinks Doan could win confirmation by the end of the week, before Congress adjourns for its Memorial Day holiday.

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