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Olson to head Technology Transformation Service

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Kelly Olson will step in next week to lead the Technology Transformation Service as acting director and serve as deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service, the General Services Administration confirmed to FCW.

Both positions had been held by Joanne Collins Smee, who is leaving for a private-sector job at the end of the month.

A GSA spokesperson said Olson’s first day in both the TTS and FAS jobs would be on Aug. 27.

The news of the move was first reported by NextGov.

Olson has been chief of staff at TTS since March, according to her LinkedIn profile. Before that beginning in 2015, she had been director of TTS’ Innovation Portfolio, which included managing the Challenge.gov,  DigitalGov.gov and CitizenScience.gov websites.

Collins Smee stepped into the TTS job in late 2017 from the private sector amid a leadership shakeup when TTS Director Rob Cook, a former Pixar executive and animation software pioneer, left government after declining to accept a reassignment to a new job at GSA. 

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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