Senator upset by Williams appointment

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has said he is disappointed with President Bush for naming Jim Williams acting administrator of the General Services Administration.

“It’s unfortunate this designation was made because I have a lot of outstanding questions that have yet to be answered based on [Williams’] hearing statements as well as my previous oversight of the GSA,” Grassley said.

Bush designated Williams to be acting administrator Aug. 19. The appointment does not require Senate confirmation.

Grassley objected to the nomination of Williams to be administrator because of his role in a controversy involving Sun Microsystems. Grassley said Williams pressured contracting officers to give Sun a multiple-award schedule contract despite their objections.

Because of his concerns, Grassley put a hold on any further action by the Senate on Williams’ nomination. See related story.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

Featured

  • FCW Perspectives
    remote workers (elenabsl/Shutterstock.com)

    Post-pandemic IT leadership

    The rush to maximum telework did more than showcase the importance of IT -- it also forced them to rethink their own operations.

  • Management
    shutterstock image By enzozo; photo ID: 319763930

    Where does the TMF Board go from here?

    With a $1 billion cash infusion, relaxed repayment guidelines and a surge in proposals from federal agencies, questions have been raised about whether the board overseeing the Technology Modernization Fund has been scaled to cope with its newfound popularity.

Stay Connected