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The buzz around a potential new GSA administrator continues. (See previous posts... 06.18... 06.17... 06.16... 06.13...)

It has been a very busy Thursday for events. I missed the AFCEA Bethesda gathering this morning, but I did make it to the AFFIRM awards luncheon -- Lt. Gen. Charlie Croom, the head of DISA, who was given AFFIRM's big award, gave a really outstanding speech. More on that later -- And I'm about to head out to Women in Technology. And I'm getting ready for some vacation next week, so... it is a busy day.

That being said, at the annual AFFIRM awards luncheon today, there were a number of GSA people there. I was joking with them that I was going to list all of the people who have been suggested as the new acting administrator. Although it might be easier to name the people who have not been named. That list might be shorter. But we're continuing to chase it down.

Here is the update.

An announcement could come at any time now. There are some reports that the recommendation is sitting on the president's desk. Some people expected an announcement earlier this week. Most expect word to come early next week. (Of course -- when I'm no vacation!)

I mentioned yesterday that one of the names being discussed is "a former GSA political appointee who is now at USDA." Well, we believe it is Boyd Rutherford. (His USDA bio isn't coming up for me right now, but Google has a cached version.) Rutherford ran the small business office at GSA in President Bush's first term. Here is the official way of saying it, from Rutherford's bio:

In President George W. Bush's first term, he appointed Mr. Rutherford to the position of Associate Administrator of GSA. At GSA, Mr. Rutherford wore dual hats as Associate Administrator for Small Business Utilization and Associate Administrator for Performance Improvement.

Most recently, Rutherford worked for the GSA equivalent in Maryland. Again, from his bio:

Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. as Secretary of the Maryland Department of General Services (DGS). From January 2003 to June 2006, Mr. Rutherford was responsible for more than $900 million in annual contract administration and 10 million square-feet of State-owned and leased facilities.

But... the name I keep hearing is Jim Williams, GSA's Federal Acquisition Service. Williams is a class act and would be ready on day one -- no Hillary connection implied or inferred. He's just aconsummate pro and one of government's best and brightest.

We could hear something soon. As always, tips are welcome... and always kept anonymous.... [email protected].

Posted by Christopher J. Dorobek on Jun 19, 2008 at 12:17 PM


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