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Senate Proceeding on Feb 4th, 2010 :: 0:58:25 to 1:08:30
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Joseph Lieberman

0:58:22 to 0:58:43( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: this critical agency -- the presiding officer: order in the chamber, please. mr. lieberman: i thank the chair. the point of cloture here is to allow this critical agency to finally have a permanent leader. it would be the first time in nearly two years, and i think

Joseph Lieberman

0:58:25 to 1:08:30( Edit History Discussion )
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Joseph Lieberman

0:58:44 to 0:59:05( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: potentially could save america's taxpayers billions of dollars in the bargain. let me just give you a few examples of what's at stake, which is to say what the general services administration can do for us. last year federalgencies

Joseph Lieberman

0:59:06 to 0:59:26( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: bought $53 billion worth of goods and services, and they did so through contracts negotiated by the general services administration, the g.s.a. having g.s.a. negotiate these procurements lets the individual agencies focus on their core missions, doing what we created

Joseph Lieberman

0:59:27 to 0:59:48( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: them or previous congresses created them to do. it also allows the federal government to leverage our buying power, because if the buying is occurring from one central agency, we canet in conventional terms, volume discounts, leading to lower costs and, therefore, savings to the taxpayers.

Joseph Lieberman

0:59:49 to 1:00:12( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: but we need strong leadership at g.s.a. to ensure that these savings are a reality. for example, in 2007, g.s.a. awarded the networks contracts to provide the telephone network and information technology services to all federal agencies. that is a program estimated to

Joseph Lieberman

1:00:13 to 1:00:34( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: be valued at at least $68 billion in the course of its ten-year lifetime. these contracts will allow agencies to take full advantage of the technologies that their colleagues in private sector use every day to increase efficiency and lower costs. but without a permanent

Joseph Lieberman

1:00:35 to 1:00:55( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: administrator at g.s.a., agencies have been slow to move to the network services costing taxpayers more than $150 million to da additional $18 million every month. given g.s.a.'s wide responsibilities in providing

Joseph Lieberman

1:00:56 to 1:01:17( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: information technology and telecommunication services, i'm concerned that we lack a confirmed administrator at a time when we are also trying, of course, to strengthen our cyberdefenses. government websites and private websites are constantly under attack.

Joseph Lieberman

1:01:18 to 1:01:38( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: g.s.a. needs to play and can play a very important role in ensuring that our federal i.t. systems are resistant to those cyberattacks. and, furthermore, because of the government's buying power, g.s.a.'s purchases will have a natural positive spillover

Joseph Lieberman

1:01:39 to 1:01:59( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: effect in the private sector. in other words, g.s.a. by its own requirements associated with purchases can drive technologies that then become more available to the general public and i'm thinking here specifically of technologies that can defend

Joseph Lieberman

1:02:00 to 1:02:25( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: against cyberattack against private companies as well as public websites. here's another example about another function of the g.s.a. g.s.a. is effectively the government's landlord with 8,600 buildings and assets under its

Joseph Lieberman

1:02:27 to 1:02:48( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: that are a sal -- are valued at m than $500 billion. it is the -- if not the largest property management organization in the world. another of g.s.a.'s role is to help other agencies dispose of buildings and properties that they no longer need. across the government, mr. president, these numbers are

Joseph Lieberman

1:02:49 to 1:03:09( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: stunning and unsettling. there are different agencies that own thousands of buildings worth about $18 billion that are not being used. every day i hear members come to the floor saying we need to work hard to trim the fat from the fedel budget so that we can

Joseph Lieberman

1:03:10 to 1:03:30( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: cut the deficit. i agree. yet the nominee for g.s.a., the very agency established to help make government operations more cost efficient has been languishing without a leader for over half a year and i think in that sense losing some opportunities to save some money.

Joseph Lieberman

1:03:31 to 1:03:52( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: what's really frustrati, mr. president, is that a hold has been placed on this nominee for reasons that have nothing to do with her qualifications or personal history and that's why i'm -- i'm glad that senator reid filed a cloture petition here and we forced this nomination to the floor.

Joseph Lieberman

1:03:53 to 1:04:13( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: this is really important and a totally -- in a totally nonpartisan way that we get a full-time administrator in here at g.s.a. martha johnson's nomination received the unanimous support of the homeland security and governmental affairs committee in june of last year. more than hal a year ago.

Joseph Lieberman

1:04:14 to 1:04:35( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: and so that says that she had total bipartisan support on our committee based on her experience and qualifications. and i'm confident that she has wide bipartisan support in the full senate as well. i hope and trust we will see when the vote occurs on cloture and the final confirmation around 3:00.

Joseph Lieberman

1:04:36 to 1:04:57( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: i hope this is -- this nomination is a -- is a -- a call to action and common sense not only bipartisan cooperation, but the cooperation of every member here who has the right to hold up nominations, but really ought to think about the public interest and the national interest when they do this that -- that we cannot continue

Joseph Lieberman

1:04:58 to 1:05:19( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the practice of holding nominees hostage. mr. president -- as president obama obama said yesterday for reasons that are parochial and unrelated to the nominee's ability to do the job that they've been nominated before. i think these kinds of actions damage the senate as an institution and further reduce

Joseph Lieberman

1:05:20 to 1:05:40( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the public's respect for how we do our business. i'd like to remind my colleagues at this point just how well qualified this nominee is. to begin with, ms. johnson is a former chief of staff for the g.s.a. so she already knows the agency

Joseph Lieberman

1:05:41 to 1:06:01( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: inside and out and will be ready to roll up her sleeves and get to work on day one. this is crucial to the efficiency and morale for an agency that has not had a permanent administrator since april of 2008. almost two years. 08, april, was the time when

Joseph Lieberman

1:06:02 to 1:06:23( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: the former director was asked to resign by the previous administraon. g.s.a. has since been run by five acting administrators who just could not act with the same authority as a presidentially appoint senate-confirmed person in that top job.

Joseph Lieberman

1:06:24 to 1:06:44( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: but both before and after her government service, martha johnson's career shows quite an extraordinary work -- mix in the private and academic sectors that we should want. ms. johnson holds a b.a. in history and economics from

Joseph Lieberman

1:06:45 to 1:07:05( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: oberlin and m.b.a. from yale business school and taught some classes. after graduating from yale, ms. johnson began her career as a manager at an engine company and had a series of other management positions in the private sector and was asked by president clinton to become associate deputy secretary of

Joseph Lieberman

1:07:06 to 1:07:26( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: commerce and then chief of staff of g.s.a. from 1996 to 2001. since leaving the government service in 2001, ms. johnson has served as a vice presidentor the council for excellence in government, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated

Joseph Lieberman

1:07:27 to 1:07:48( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: to increasing the effectiveness of government at all levels. and, most recently, she served as vice president for computer sciences corporation. so this is an extraordinarily experienced and qualified nominee. and that's why i think she deserves and i believe will receive broad bipartisan support

Joseph Lieberman

1:07:49 to 1:08:09( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: when this matter comes to a vote around 3:00. so, mr. president, it's past time for g.s.a. to finally have a permanent administrator and we happen to have a nominee here who is remarkably well suited for the job. i urge my colleagues in the senate to vote yes on cloture and then we can have a -- a

Joseph Lieberman

1:08:10 to 1:08:31( Edit History Discussion )

Joseph Lieberman: final vote, get this able person on the job working for the american people. and i think help us not only manage the federal govnment's activities better, but to save billions -- literally billions of dollars for american taxpayers. i thank the chair. i yield the floor, and i would yield, if i might to my friend

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