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FAS commissioner: Dan Tangherlini’s 'got our back'

If comments by Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Steve Kempf are any indication, the new acting General Services Administration Administrator Dan Tangherlini has the agency's confidence.

"He’s got our back," Kempf said, speaking at the Coalition for Government Procurement’s 2012 Spring Conference held April 26 to 27 in Vienna, Va.

“We are very fortunately to have Dan Tangherlini, a man of impeccable reputation, and he’s a great leader,” Kempf said. “I think he’s the right person to lead us where we’re going again, and he’s got our back at the moment. He’s going to be leading us out of this.”

Kempf was referring to the recent revelations of extravagant spending at the 2010 Western Regions Conference and acknowledged the incident had pushed GSA into a precarious position.

“These events obviously reflected very poorly on GSA, and they were not good for government as whole,” he said. “We’re all disappointed by the poor judgment that was shown by a few individuals, and I think everyone can agree, had some indefensible actions.”

Kempf’s remarks came after Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) proposed shuttering GSA and outsourcing its work to the private sector during another speech at the conference. Kempf has served as FAS commissioner since July 10, 2010, overseeing the delivery of more than $50 billion of products, services and solutions to government customers. He also held this role in an acting capacity from April through June 2010, and was the deputy commissioner prior to that.


 

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Apr 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


Richard Clarke joins SRA International as cybersecurity adviser

Former White House adviser Richard Clarke is joining SRA International, where he will serve as an executive adviser for cybersecurity and counterterrorism.

Clarke’s career spans 30 years in government, including working for the Defense Department, the State Department and the National Security Council. He served under presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in various high-level positions related to intelligence, military, counterterrorism, national security, cybersecurity and internal affairs. Clarke is perhaps most well known for his criticism of the George W. Bush administration’s handling of counterterrorism and the Iraq war.

“In addition to his invaluable public service keeping our country safe and secure, Dick has an incomparable vantage point when it comes to national and homeland security,” said Bill Ballhaus, SRA International president and CEO, said in a press release. “His insights will be a key asset for SRA clients and further strengthen our cyber security and counterterrorism offerings.”

Clarke is a best-selling author who frequently writes about terrorism and security. He is a contributor for ABC News and teaches at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and is also chairman of Good Harbor Consulting.

Posted by Amber Corrin on Apr 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments


Army medical records system gets new manager

The Army's Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care – better known as MC4 – has a new leader.

Lt. Col. William Geesey relinquished his role as product manager for the MC4’ s Product Management Office to Lt. Col. Danny Morton during a change of charter ceremony at Fort Detrick, Md.

Geesey leaves MC4 as the longest-tenured product manager for MC4 since its inception in 1999. Among his many accomplishments leading the center, Geesey spearheaded a telehealth initiative that digitally connects remote soldiers with mental-health specialists, for which he earned a place among the Federal 100 winners of 2012.

Geesey will stay with the Army, but details of his next assignment haven't been released yet.

Morton, who previously served as chief of staff at the U.S. Army Medical Materiel Agency, plans to expand use and engagement with MC4 systems, enhance user training and readiness, and continue focus on system quality and capabilities to benefit deployed soldiers worldwide.

 

 

Posted by Camille Tuutti on Apr 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM1 comments