GSA Regional Reorganization:

Public Buildings Service Consolidation Followed Reasonable Process

GGD-88-21: Published: Jan 6, 1988. Publicly Released: Jan 6, 1988.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the General Services Administration's (GSA) management decisionmaking process to determine whether its reorganization of its Public Buildings Service offices in Denver and Fort Worth was reasonable.

GAO found that: (1) GSA based its decision to consolidate functions on the assumption that it would have to reduce staff because of anticipated budget constraints and its policy to increase efficiency by reducing overhead; (2) GSA produced numerous studies of various reorganizational options, including a major organizational consolidation of West Coast GSA and Service operations; (3) the Fort Worth Regional Administrator developed a plan to consolidate the Fort Worth and Denver functions, which GSA supplemented with work-load and financial analyses; (4) the Denver Regional Administrator participated in various reorganizational meetings and the final meeting that produced the transfer agreement; and (5) although the GSA decisionmaking process appeared reasonable, the decision was not necessarily the most reasonable or appropriate alternative.

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