GSA Seeks Efficiencies as ‘Government Savings Agent'

May 17, 2012

Dan Tangherlini, who was named acting administrator of the General Services Administration last month after the release of an inspector general's report detailing wasteful spending at the 2010 Western Regions Conference, is conducting a "top-to-bottom" review of the agency. 

He discussed some of his ideas for how to move GSA forward in an interview Wednesday at the GSA Expo. Following are excerpts:

Q: Is integrating GSA's Public Buildings Service and Federal Acquisition Service something the agency is seriously considering?

Tangherlini: I think just integrating GSA better is one of the things we are particularly interested in. As we looked at what took place at the Western Regions Conference, we saw that we hadn't struck the right balance between autonomy and accountability. Can we maintain the benefits of autonomy and innovation and different approaches that reflect the needs of customer agencies and regions, while we enhance and improve the accountability? I think integration is a part of that.

Not having multiple organizations within our organization doing the same thing is going to allow us to be more efficient ourselves, deliver our services more effectively and reduce costs. I think they are closely tied together right now, but I think there are opportunities for them to work more closely together.

When we move in together into 1800 F Street [GSA headquarters in Washington] and the renovations are completed, the two sides will be together for the first time in modern history, and there will be real opportunities for best practices across the organization and to make sure we do things once, and do it well and do it more cost effectively. 

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