WASHINGTON, DC—The General ServicesAdministration is set to roll out the third generation ofits broker and leasing support services contract the GSALeasing Support Services (GLS) program.

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The GSA issued a draft solicitation that spelled out the changesto the GLS program on Nov. 24 and is taking public comments untilDec. 15. Chris Wisner, assistant commissioner ofleasing, for the GSA, says the changes signal a new and improvedapproach to turning to private brokers to secure better deals onleased office space, according to the Washington BusinessJournal.

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"We're rebranding it because we want everyone to think of thisas a completely new opportunity, and it's much broader," Wisnersays. "What we are trying to do with this GLS is put the brokers ina position where they can provide as large a slate of services aspossible."

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One of the key changes is converting the GLS program from anational to a regional program. The GSA is abandoning the policy ofawarding contracts to a handful of national firms and instead hasinstituted four zones.

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The National Capital Region stands alone and will be served bythree contracts. The rest of the country is divided into theNorthern, Southern and Western zones and will be serviced by one ortwo contracts each. See story in the Washington BusinessJournal.

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John Jordan

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