Webster heads GSA's program for service-disabled veterans
- By Matthew Weigelt
- Jan 13, 2009
Bill Webster now heads the General Services Administration’s program to
bring more contracts to service-disabled veterans, the agency announced
Webster, a Vietnam veteran and career employee, began
Jan. 1 as the senior-level official in charge of driving the 21 Gun
Salute initiative. His title is assistant commissioner for the Federal
Acquisition Service’s Travel, Motor Vehicles and Card Services Office.
“I am honored to lead GSA’s efforts in support of small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans,” Webster said.
program identifies such small businesses that supply high-demand
products and services and help those businesses find markets. The
program partners with veterans' organizations to establish a mentor
program for those businesses.
Based on preliminary fiscal 2008
information, GSA said it exceeded the goal of awarding 3 percent of its
contracting dollars to service-disabled veterans' businesses with help
from the initiative. GSA awarded 3.8 percent of its dollars to them,
more than $143 million, according to the agency. In fiscal 2007, GSA
spent only 2.25 percent of its dollars, or $110 million, with
service-disabled veterans, according to data from the Small Business
Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.