GSA seeks assisted acquisitions exec

empty executive chair (FGC/

The Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration is looking for a permanent assistant commissioner for assisted acquisition services (AAS), a position left open after a spate of recent personnel moves.

GSA made Julie Dunne permanent commissioner in late January. Dunne had been acting commissioner since the previous commissioner, Alan Thomas, left for a job in the private sector in October.

Along with Dunne's permanent FAS appointment, GSA also named agency veteran Tom Howder, as permanent FAS deputy commissioner. Howder had been AAS assistant commissioner, but he had been serving as FAS acting deputy commissioner since November 2018. He has been with GSA for more than 30 years.

According to the job description posted on USAjobs, the AAS assistant commissioner's duties include leading the service's portfolio of business services, client service centers in FAS regional offices and directly supervising the national Federal Systems Integration and Management Center CSC.

GSA is accepting online applications for the position until Feb. 26.

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, 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.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


  • innovation (Sergey Nivens/

    VA embraces procurement challenges at scale

    Steve Kelman applauds the Department of Veterans Affairs' ambitious attempt to move beyond one-off prize-based contests to combat veteran suicides more effectively.

  • big data AI health data

    Where did the ideas for shutdowns and social distancing come from?

    Steve Kelman offers another story about hero civil servants (and a good president).

Stay Connected


Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.