Robin Carnahan, President Biden’s nominee for administrator of the Normal Providers Administration (GSA), sailed by means of a Senate Homeland Safety and Governmental Affairs Committee affirmation listening to right this moment whereas providing commitments to create a extra user-friendly GSA and help digital infrastructure investments.
“This previous yr has proven the significance and the fragility of our nation’s digital infrastructure,” Carnahan stated throughout the listening to.
“Because the pandemic swept by means of the nation, Congress responded quick with packages to fulfill the challenges,” the nominee stated. “However but, too usually, the assistance was sluggish attending to the households and companies that wanted it most. The underside line isn’t any program handed by this Congress might be efficient with out good investments in an efficient, safe, digital infrastructure to ship it and GSA is uniquely positioned to help that mission throughout authorities.”
If her nomination is confirmed, Carnahan hopes to extend Federal company utilization of GSA Schedules and Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) for procurement.
“I’m very interested by making GSA providers extra user-friendly,” Carnahan stated. “I do know and I’ve talked to companies which have tried to get on GSA Schedules [and] they’ve instructed me about how troublesome that course of is, and I’m interested by studying extra about how we are able to streamline that.”
“It creates extra competitors, and it creates good jobs in our nation if we are able to get extra folks capable of promote by means of the federal government GSA Schedules,” she added. “Likewise, we are able to make it simpler for companies to have the ability to purchase by means of GSA Schedules and ensure we’re getting the perfect worth and the perfect worth.”
Along with providing cost-saving acquisition packages and know-how providers, GSA can be able to collaborate with companies relating to rethinking distant work and Federal actual property.
On the telework entrance, Carnahan predicted that in a post-pandemic world, Federal companies will rethink what number of workers should be at work in individual, and that distant work might be a viable choice for a lot of companies.
“This can be a large alternative to rethink what our Federal authorities seems like, what the long run goes to appear to be,” she stated.
“My sense is loads of these companies are going to be rethinking how many individuals should be on-site, how many individuals should be in buildings, and it’s all going to be primarily based on the mission,” she defined. “I believe that’s going to be totally different from one company to the subsequent, and our job at GSA goes to be simply responding to company’s wants as their office wants change. So, I do know it’s a giant subject, and I’ll be spending loads of time on it, and stay up for getting began.”
One other space Carnahan touched on is cybersecurity. Within the wake of latest high-profile cyberattacks, Carnahan stated GSA must evolve with ever-changing threats and guarantee each companies and the non-public sector are utilizing safe instruments and providers.
“The principle factor all of us want to know is the threats will not be static, they’re going to be altering on a regular basis. And GSA’s function in all of that is to be the implementing associate,” Carnahan stated. “We’re those who might be serving to companies get the safe instruments that they want and the providers that they want and so they must be at all times evolving with the evolving threats.”
“So, my curiosity is ensuring that GSA is utilizing finest practices for the non-public sector and altering with these threats, not being static, and automating as a lot as we are able to to have the ability to proceed to observe the threats,” she stated.
If confirmed by the Senate, Carnahan would take over the reins from Katy Kale, a former GSA chief of workers who was named deputy administrator of the company in January, and who since then has been its performing administrator.
Carnahan was the founder and director from 2016 to 2020 of the State and Native Apply of GSA’s 18F group, which features as a know-how and design consultancy throughout the Federal authorities and companions with Federal companies to enhance the consumer expertise of presidency providers.