PRESS RELEASE from U.S. General Services Administration

November 5, 2008
GSA # 10556     
Contact: Diane Merriett

GSA Turns Over Transition HQ to New Administration
WASHINGTON – Acting Administrator James A. Williams today, as part of GSA’s Presidential Transition responsibilities, declared an “apparent winner” and turned over the Presidential Transition headquarters to President-elect Barack Obama.
Today’s historic event marks the culmination of several years of rigorous planning at GSA. As directed by Congress in the Presidential Transition Act of 1963, GSA is responsible for providing the new Administration with office space, information technology, furniture, equipment, and other logistical support. GSA is also responsible for publishing a transition directory that provides an overview of each federal agency and arranging orientation briefings for new appointees. The Act also directs GSA’s Administrator to authorize the release of federal funds that provide for the day-to-day support of transition activities for the President-elect. 
“I and the members of the GSA Presidential Transition Support Team look forward to supporting you during this transition period and throughout your administration,” Acting Administrator Williams said in an official letter of acknowledgement to President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, pursuant to Section 3 of the Presidential Transition Act of 1963.
“This is an historic moment for our nation and for GSA,” added Presidential Transition Director Gail Lovelace. “Our team has worked more than two years to complete this headquarters and help facilitate the orderly transfer of executive power.”
The 2008 Presidential Transition Headquarters, located in downtown Washington, provides approximately 120,000 square feet of fully furnished and computer-equipped office suite space.
“GSA was created nearly 60 years ago to provide superior goods, services and workplaces at best value so our client agencies can focus on their core missions,” Williams said. “We have done that in this instance as well, providing a world-class workplace for the incoming administration. This is a proud day for GSA, and it has been an honor to work with the campaign teams to fulfill our responsibilities and meet their transition needs.”


GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
          Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 208,000 vehicles. 
          GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 historic properties, and as manager of, the official portal to federal government information and services.
          GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

 Did you know?  GSA manages over 425 historic buildings including 64 National Historic Landmarks and 2 National Historic Sites.