Previously Published Documents

The First Hoover Commission's Report on an

Office of General Services

February 1949

On July 7, 1947, The Lodge-Brown Act of 1947, established The Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government.  The Commission was given its popular name―The Hoover Commission―for its Chairman, former President Herbert Hoover.  Since Hoover chaired a second commission under President Eisenhower, this Commission became known as the First Hoover Commission.  The stated purpose of the Commission was to review the Executive branch of Government and to recommend ways to reorganize and improve it.  When it began to issue its reports in 1949, they were met with acclaim both inside and outside of the government.  This Commission report, among other recommendations, recommended the creation of an Office of General Services.  Within 5 months of this report's issuance, the Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 was enacted.  Soon after that, the General Services Administration was established.

All current General Services Administration employees should read this report since it is the basis for their agency.  Additionally, all individuals involved in federal contracting and logistics should review it.  Finally, those that seek to change central supply in the future should read this report also. 

The Art of Negotiation —— Gordon Wade Rule

In 1962, a legend in the area of contracting—Gordon Rule—wrote this guide and dedicated it to his country.  The guide includes his thoughts on who should negotiate, what to do and what not to do during negotiations, and the proper attitude for negotiations.  Although not restricted to the field of contract negotiations, the guide does include information that is valuable to those who will negotiate the terms of a contract.

A Guide for Writing and Administering Performance Statements of Work for Service Contracts

October 1980

Office of Federal Procurement Policy Pamphlet Number 4

This document reaches back to the early years of performance-based contracting.  Although it no longer is official guidance, it does contain ideas for certain types of procurements.  The Pamphlet was issued in October 1980 as Supplement #2 to Office of Management and Budget Circular A-76.

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