SIA hosts meet and greet with GSA senior staff

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Thursday, February 22, 2007

WASHINGTON--Security industry manufacturers and integrators will have an opportunity to hear directly from General Services Administration administrator Lurita Doan's senior staff about the GSA's recent extension of its purchasing agreement to state and local governments (see "GSA purchasing extended," in the March issue of Security Systems News) and other issues during a Feb. 27 webinar hosted by the Security Industry Association.
GSA announced Feb. 1 that state and local governments may use the Federal Supply Schedule of the GSA to purchase security products before events occur to "support recovery from major disasters of acts of terrorism." Prior to this, contracts were only available to these entities after an event occurred.
Administrator Doan came on board at GSA less than a year ago. "Some people in the industry don't know her yet," said Don Erickson, director of government affairs for SIA.
The webinar, which will take place at 11 a.m. Eastern time, is meant to allow people a chance to "hear her [Administrator Doan's] philosophy about how the GSA is run and how policies are developed," Erickson said. It will also be a time for people to "raise any issues or give comments about ... [for example] what the new cooperative purchasing agreement means, HSPD-12 or the prices of ancillary services."
Erickson said several large, mid-sized and small manufacturers and integrators have already signed up to participate. For more information, visit www.siaonline.org.