Williams works to correct GSA's business

The General Services Administration will need to offer “selected, targeted” early-outs and buyouts for employees if increased business volume cannot make the agency financially viable, a senior agency official said today.

Jim Williams, the Federal Acquisition Service’s commissioner, said he must either raise revenue to stabilize the procurement agency or cut expenses. Although he is trying to avoid early-outs and buyouts, he said GSA’s situation could require them.

“We have some selective trouble spots," he said. "Financially, we have some business models that are not working so well.”

GSA Administrator Lurita Doan is reviewing possible corporate cuts to help with GSA’s competitiveness, Williams said. He must evaluate the necessity of employee early-out and buyouts offerings based on those cuts and the agency's revenues.

“Stay tuned,” Williams said.

A fee-based organization such as GSA has few options to correct its business models, he said. It must either increase business or cut expenses.

“I have to look at those situations with a realistic eye,” he said.

Williams said his duty is rebuilding GSA by building back customers. He is working with procurement officials at other agencies including the Homeland Security and Defense departments to repair frustrated relationships.

Stabilizing FAS’ staff is another of Williams’ priorities. With many employees in acting roles, Williams said, he needed to appoint permanent staff. He will present Doan with his list of nominees next week.

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