Procurement reform leader leaving GSA

Yet another leader with great impact on the federal IT community is heading

for the greener pastures of the private sector with Thursday's announcement

that William Gormley is leaving.

Gormley, assistant commissioner at the Office of Acquisition in the

General Services Administration's Federal Supply Service, will be retiring

from government service at the end of the month.

He is leaving FSS to become senior vice president in charge of consulting

operations at the Washington Management Group, which runs the Coalition

for Government Procurement and other ventures.

Gormley will begin his new job "right around Election Day" — Nov. 7 — according to Larry Allen, executive director of the Coalition for Government

Procurement.

In 1998, Gormley received President Clinton's Meritorious Executive

Service Award for his work in streamlining the acquisition process on GSA

schedule contracts and other programs. He also received a Federal 100 award

that year from Federal Computer Week for those efforts.

Gormley has been a strong advocate for getting agency IT procurement

personnel to use the GSA schedules.

In January, GSA figures showed that sales through FSS' IT schedule ballooned

more than 50 percent last year, reaching $7.8 billion in fiscal 1999, up

from just more than $5 billion in fiscal 1998. IT services, which GSA placed

on the schedule in 1998, were credited with being the primary reason for

the run up in sales.

Diane Frank contributed to this article.

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