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1941 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, VA; Mailing address: Washington, DC 20406 Phone, 703-557-8667

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General Services Building, Eighteenth and F Streets NW., Washington, DC 20405

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Director, Real Property Information Systems


General Services Building, Eighteenth and F Streets NW., Washington, DC 20405
Phone, 202-535-7210

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[For the General Services Administration statement of organization, see the Code of Federal Regulations, 41 CFR 105-53]

The General Services Administration establishes policy and provides for the Government an economical and efficient system for the management of its property and records, including construction and operation of buildings, procurement and distribution of supplies, utilization and disposal of property, transportation, traffic, and communications management, stockpiling of strategic materials, and the management of the Governmentwide automatic data processing resources program.

The General Services Administration is organized much like a large corporation doing business in a number of different fields. It might well be termed a conglomerate. It consists of operating services and supporting staff offices, with functions carried out at three levels of organization: the Central Office, regional offices, and field activities.

The General Services Administration
(GSA) was established by section 101 of
the Federal Property and Administrative
Services Act of 1949 (40 U.S.C. 751).
Congressional and Industry Relations
The Office of Congressional and Industry
Relations is responsible for directing and
coordinating legislative and congressional
activities of GSA and developing an
executive outreach program with
business and industry. The Office also
has primary line responsibility for
managing GSA's field organization.
Operating authorities and responsibilities
are delegated from the Administrator
through the Associate Administrator for
Congressional and Industry Relations to
the Regional Administrators.

Regional offices are in 11 U.S. cities.
Within its area of jurisdiction, each

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1. Boston, MA (10 Causeway St., (Vacancy)

2. New York, NY (26 Federal William J. Diamond
Plaza, 10278)

3. Philadelphia, PA (9th and George P. Cordes Market Sts., 19107)

4. Atlanta, GA (75 Spring St. SW., Walter L. Davis 30303)

5. Chicago, IL (230 S. Dearborn Richard G. Austin
St., 60604)

6. Kansas City, MO (1500 E. Ban- John B. Platt
nister Rd., 64131)

7. Ft. Worth, TX (819 Taylor St., David F. Godfrey

8. Denver, CO (Denver Federal Eric Lee
Center, 80225)

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For further information, call 202-523-0188. Acquisition Policy The Office of Acquisition Policy plans, directs, and coordinates a comprehensive, GSA-wide acquisition policy program, including the establishment of major GSA acquisition goals and objectives.

The Office of Acquisition Policy has a major role in developing, maintaining, and administering the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), which are applicable to all Federal agencies. It chairs the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council and provides administrative support through the FAR Secretariat. The Office develops GSA implementing and supplementing regulations required by FAR, which are published as the General Services Acquisition Regulation.

The Office manages GSA's internal system for the suspension and debarment of nonresponsive contractors and a Governmentwide system for exchanging information on debarred, suspended, and ineligible contractors; reviews selected major contract awards proposed by GSA prior to award; and performs onsite intraagency and interagency procurement management reviews. The Office also is responsible for establishing and overseeing the GSA acquisition information system and serves as GSA coordinator for the Federal Procurement Data System.

The Office's Federal Acquisition Institute fosters and promotes Governmentwide career management and training programs to develop a professional work force and coordinates Governmentwide studies to improve the procurement process.

In addition, Acquisition Policy establishes standards and requirements for the development of programs to enhance the recruitment, training, and career development of employees engaged in acquisition training.

For further information, call 202-566-1043.

Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization plans, implements, executes, and evaluates comprehensive GSA-wide procurement priority programs. Included among these are the Small Business Program; the Women in Business Program; the Socially and Economically Disadvantaged Business Program; the Subcontracting Program; the Labor Surplus Area (LSA) Program; the Javits/Wagner O'Day Program; and the Federal Prison Industry Program.

The Office coordinates and develops policies that regulate the operation and the implementation of the Small Business Programs under sections 8 and 15 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 637, 644).

The Office provides assistance, information, and counseling to small business persons interested in pursuing Federal Government contracts and conducts outreach, liaison, source listing, and seminars for small and disadvantaged businesses. This is accomplished through the Business Service Center Program.

Business Service Centers (BSC's) are located in major metropolitan areas. BSC counselors travel within their regions lecturing on the Federal procurement process. They also provide information on the new item introduction program and buying programs of other agencies. The BSC's are also responsible for receiving and safeguarding bids (maintaining the integrity of the bid process).

Business Service Centers assist GSA procurement officers by identifying potential suppliers. In doing this, they rely not only on "walk-in" contacts at reception areas but actively seek out business concerns who may be able to supply the Government's needs. They

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Contract Appeals The GSA Board of Contract Appeals is responsible for resolving disputes arising out of contracts with the General Services Administration, the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Education, the Department of Justice, and other independent Government agencies. The Board is also empowered to hear and decide bid protests arising out of ADP procurements Governmentwide.

Although the Board is functionally located within the General Services Administration, it is an independent tribunal.

Each of the Board's judges has extensive experience in Government contract law and is empowered, under the Contract Disputes Act of 1978 (41 U.S.C. 601 note), to grant the same relief as would be available in the United States Claims Court. In addition, contractors may elect to have their appeals processed under the Board's accelerated procedure if the claim is $50,000 or less, or under the small claims procedure if the claim is $10,000 or less. These provide for resolution of the appeal within 180 and 120 days, respectively, whenever possible. Contractors may also request that a hearing be held at a location convenient to them. With the exception of small claims decisions, contractors may appeal adverse Board decisions to the United

States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

For further information, contact the Board of Contract Appeals (G), General Services Administration, Washington, DC 20405. Phone, 202-566-0720.

Administration The Office of Administration participates in the executive leadership of the agency, providing advice on major policies and procedures, particularly those of a critical or controversial nature, to the Administrator and the Deputy Administrator. The Office plans and administers programs in organization, personnel services, audit and inspection reports, management controls, and agencywide administrative services that includes providing and outfitting State and district offices for Members of the Senate and House of Representatives. The Office is responsible as the agency point of contact for matters involving the Office of Special Counsel and the Merit Systems Protection Board. It provides positive leadership for GSA's commitment to excellence in management practices and techniques in interactions with the Congress, other Federal agencies, and the private sector. The Office is also responsible for providing support to the Cooperative Administrative Support Unit Program; implementing OMB Circular A-76; and

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