Puerto Rico General Services administrator details development plans
SAN JUAN – Puerto Rico General Services Administrator Miguel Encarnación reaffirmed his commitment to turn his agency into one governed by transparency and efficiency to boost economic development through government procurement.
“The General Services Administration is a vital government agency, but it is commonly relegated to the background. In the past few months, we have begun the process of transforming the agency to give it greater relevance as part of the government administration, to successfully face the economic and fiscal challenges,” he said.
Encarnación thanked the Senate for approving his appointment, while emphasizing that he hopes to achieve a more efficient use of government resources through various initiatives aimed at generating savings and strengthening oversight at the agency.
“Serving the people of Puerto Rico is a great privilege. This requires behaving loyally and correctly in strict compliance with the laws and regulations in force in our government. We will not allow the slightest appearance of ethical conflicts. Know that I will not hesitate to act,” Encarnación said.
In order to promote economic development, the GSA administrator said he hoped to provide a different approach to the bidders’ registry so it meets the needs of both government contractors and agencies. In addition, he expects to increase the total number of bidders in the registry from 9,000 to 16,000.
For the official, the priority is to centralize the procurement process in the executive branch to increase the transactions from 40% to 70%. He also stressed that he will seek to promote transparency in the bidding process by posting them online. Encarnación will also seek to create a buyer rotation program.
He added that technology will be used “to open up procurement processes, thus promoting fair competition among suppliers and the acquisition of better quality products and services at lower prices, safeguarding the interests of the Government of Puerto Rico,” he explained.