August Monthly Meeting – GSA Region 7, Shrinking the Federal Footprint with COL Charlie Hart (ret) and Albert Garza

Join Fort Worth SAME on Monday, August 5th for a presentation by the General Services Administration (GSA). Charlie Hart, GSA’s Director of Global Project Management (gPM), and Albert Garza, Director of the Regional Office of Small Business Utilization (ROSBU), will share GSA’s latest initiatives while outlining federal opportunities.

The U.S. General Services Administration is the largest property management organization in the USA. GSA’s Public Buildings Service (PBS) is a unique real estate organization tasked with acquisition, asset management, realty services, planning, design, construction, operation, renovation, and disposal of office space for more than 136,000 Federal employees.

GSA is leading the Federal Government’s mandate to drastically reduce government spending and consumption, reduce its environmental footprint, and more efficiently deliver projects through greater collaboration and communication among project stakeholders. While reducing the size of the government footprint, GSA is simultaneously investing in the skills necessary for a 21st century workforce.

GSA’s Regional Office of Small Business Utilization (ROSBU) advocates for small, minority, veteran, HUBZone, and women business owners. ROSBU promotes increased access to GSA’s nationwide procurement opportunities. The ROSBU monitors and implements small business policies and manages a range of programs required by law. GSA’s small business programs nurture entrepreneurial endeavors, open doors to new business opportunities, and enhance technological capabilities.

Come hear how GSA is transforming the way it manages its many programs, while learning about partnering opportunities.

Albert Garza has over 25 years of experience with government procurement at both the local and federal government levels. He started with GSA in 1988 as a Presidential Management Intern. Over the last two and a half decades he has served in a variety of positions with GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service and the City of San Antonio’s Economic Development Department. In 2007, he became the Director of GSA’s Regional Small Business Utilization Office in Fort Worth. Mr. Garza has a B.A. and M.A. in Urban Studies from Trinity University.

Charlie Hart is GSA’s Director of Global Project Management, serving the states of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. A West Point graduate, he served 30 years as an Army Corps of Engineers Officer and retired in the rank of Colonel. He earned a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University, an MBA from Golden Gate University, and most recently attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is a registered Civil Engineer in California and Virginia. In his free time he competes for Team Red, White, and Blue (www.teamrwb.org), a group of endurance athletes who assist veterans in their transition to civil life and recently represented Team RWB in a relay run across America to honor fallen warriors on Memorial Day.

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