Kay Ely

Deputy Assistant Commissioner and Acting Director, Office of IT Schedule Programs
Office of Integrated Technology Services
Federal Acquisition Service

U.S. General Services Administration

Kay T. Ely is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner, and Acting Director of the Office of IT Schedule Programs, for the Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services. As an organization within FAS, ITS provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services and solutions.

In her current role as Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Ms. Ely supports the ITS Assistant Commissioner in managing the largest fee-for-service information technology (IT) procurement and services operation in the U.S. government. Ms. Ely shares responsibility for leading a highly-skilled and diverse workforce that manages more than 7,000 contracts, providing access to relevant and timely IT and telecommunications products, services and solutions to defense and civilian agencies, as well as to state, local and tribal governments.

Additionally, as Acting Director of the IT Schedule Program, Ms. Ely is responsible for a portfolio of government-wide contracts to provide government with access to millions of commercial products and services at volume discount pricing. Schedule 70 is the largest, most widely used acquisition vehicle in the federal government valued at over $15 billion annually.

Before coming to GSA’s ITS, Ms. Ely served as the Chief Learning Officer at the Office of Personnel Management where she developed and set the strategic direction of OPM’s learning and knowledge management program. During her tenure with OPM she also served as an Associate Director where she was responsible for providing Federal employees, annuitants and their families with a variety of quality benefits options, as well as retirement processing services. She managed OPM’s nationwide leadership programs, the USAJOBS® program, and the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. Ms. Ely also served as OPM’s Deputy Associate Director for Contracting, Facilities and Administrative Services. In that role, she was a member of the Federal Acquisition Institute (FAI) Board of Directors and was the Chairperson for the Chief Acquisition Officers Council’s Competitive Sourcing workgroup. She is now serving her fourth term on the National Contract Management Association’s (NCMA) Board of Advisors. She was selected in 2010 as a recipient for a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award.

Ms. Ely was selected for the Senior Executive Service (SES) in 2000 as the Associate Administrator for Acquisition Implementation in the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Federal Procurement Policy. She left the federal government for a five-year tour in the private sector with a small and growing acquisition consulting firm now known as ASI Government. Earlier in her contracting career, Ms. Ely worked as a senior-level contracting officer for the Internal Revenue Service. She began her contracting career as an intern at the Department of Defense (DoD), Office of the Secretary of the Army, spending most of her tenure at the Pentagon.

Ms. Ely holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Speech Pathology from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma and a M.A. in Management from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri.