WASHINGTON–The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led by Chairman Joe Lieberman, ID-Conn., and Ranking Member Susan Collins, R-Me., Wednesday held a hearing on the nomination of Martha Johnson to be Administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA).

“Ms. Johnson has a deep firsthand knowledge of GSA and brings a wealth of experience from her time in the private, non-profit and government sectors,” Lieberman said. “President Obama has made a wise choice in nominating her as GSA administrator.

“GSA is extremely important in promoting efficiency across the entire federal government, with enormous responsibilities in property management and facilitating the purchase of goods and services, including information technology and telecommunications. With the strong leadership Ms. Johnson will bring, GSA can ensure that the federal government is using cutting-edge technology across all operations to make buildings more energy efficient, lower costs, better engage with the public and detect and defend against cyber attacks.”

Collins said, “As the federal government’s primary acquisition agency and landlord, GSA must apply lessons that this Committee has drawn from its investigations into mismanagement of the federal government’s real property and into numerous examples of waste, fraud, and abuse associated with federal contracting practices. With total federal purchases of goods and services exceeding $500 billion a year, federal procurement requires better stewardship of taxpayer dollars. The federal government must also invest significantly in its acquisition workforce. As our contract spending continues to increase dramatically, our contracting workforce continues to shrink. These factors have strained the federal government’s acquisition workforce and greatly increased the risk of acquisition failures. These are just some of the many critical challenges awaiting the next Administrator at GSA.”

Johnson previously served as GSA Chief of Staff, from 1996 to 2001. Her nomination must be reported out by the Committee before it can go before the full Senate for confirmation.