Acquisition Services Reorganization at the General Services Administration
LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE
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Congress enacted the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act in 1949 to provide for an economical and efficient system for the Federal Governments management of real property, procurement, administrative services, and records. This act, which established the General Services Administration GSA, authorized the GSA Administrator to procure and distribute supplies and services needed by federal agencies in the proper discharge of their responsibilities. To procure these goods and services, the act transferred to the GSA Administrator authority to oversee and control the General Supply Fund, a special U.S. Treasury account. Within GSA, the GSA Administrator established the Federal Supply Service FSS to acquire goods and services for federal agencies through the fund. In January 2004, GSAs Inspector General reported that certain Federal Technology Service FTS procurement specialists acquired goods and services through the Information Technology Fund in a manner inconsistent with the funds congressionally authorized procedures. To improve the accountability of both FSS and FTS acquisitions, GSA Administrator Stephen Perry proposed reorganizing the two services into a unified acquisitions service in the Presidents FY2006 GSA budget request. While the GSA Administrator can, through his discretionary authority, approve an agency reorganization without congressional approval, legislation is needed to authorize the creation of a General Services Fund to replace the existing congressionally authorized FSSFTS funding structure. On May 4, 2005, Representatives Tom Davis and Duncan Hunter introduced H.R. 2066, the General Services Administration Modernization Act, to authorize an Acquisition Services Fund in the U.S. Treasury, and to statutorily establish GSAs Federal Acquisition Service FAS to ensure that any structural reforms would be memorialized in GSAs organic legislation.
- Administration and Management
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies