GSA Acquisition Service Commissioner Resigns

The head of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service has resigned his position after a little over two years to take a position in the private sector.
FAS Commissioner Alan Thomas resigned on Oct. 2 and GSA Senior Advisor Julie Dunne will serve as acting FAS commissioner beginning Oct. 15.
Thomas, who became FAS commissioner in 2017, has been a catalyst for several of the agency’s higher profile modernization processes and technical improvements, such as a contract writing system, schedules consolidation and e-commerce portal efforts. He has also been part of broader federal government IT modernization efforts, sitting on the board of the Technology Modernization Fund where he helped direct funding to agencies’ projects.
The heavy lifting on many of those projects is nearing completion. GSA issued a solicitation for the schedules consolidation, for instance, completing one of the most complicated portions of the project. The agency also is well down the road toward the complex electronic commerce-like portal for federal buyers, a duty assigned to GSA by Congress.
With that work moving ahead, industry sources said Thomas wants to move back to the private sector.
Thomas’ work on e-commerce portals, schedule consolidation and federal marketplace strategies set the stage for dramatic changes at GSA, according to GSA Administrator Emily Murphy.
“These initiatives have provided a solid foundation for significant, positive change in the federal procurement space, and are just a few of the successes achieved during the past two years,” said Murphy.

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