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IT Schedule 70 to get new director

Kay Ely is coming aboard as the new director of the General Services Administration’s largest Multiple Award Schedule, IT Schedule 70, according to a tweet Sept. 14.

“Two big pieces of news in the @GSA_ITS world—welcoming Kevin Youel-Page as the ITS Deputy AC & Kay Ely as the Director of Schedule 70,” tweeted Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service’s Integrated Technology Service at GSA.

Ely starts Sept. 25.

Ely is the chief learning officer at the Office of Personnel Management and had been deputy associate director for contracting for facilities and administrative services there.

Davie chose Kevin Youel Page as her deputy, making the announcement to staff Sept. 13. He too will start Sept. 25.

Schedule 70 is one of GSA’s most lucrative schedules. In 2010, IT Schedule 70 had $16 billion in federal sales.

First quarter sales for fiscal 2011 indicate that 2011 may surpass fiscal 2010's sales, according to EZGSA, a consulting firm that specializes in GSA Schedules contracts. The IT schedule had $4.7 billion in sales in the first quarter of 2011, and $4.5 billion during the same period in 2010, a 7 percent increase.

Here's Davie's announcement.

Colleagues,

It's a big week in ITS! I'm pleased to announce the selection of Kay Ely as the Director of the IT Schedule 70 Program. Kay is a current Senior Executive at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) where she most recently served as the Chief Learning Officer. She has an extensive background in federal IT acquisition, including both policy and operations, through both private and public sector positions. At OPM, Kay also served as the Deputy Associate Director for Contracting, Facilities and Administrative Services and was the Procurement Executive leading the information technology branch.  She served as a Senior Principal at Acquisition Solutions where she led the federal civilian acquisition consulting practice. She also served as the Associate Administrator for Acquisition Implementation at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and as the Director of Acquisition Resources Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kay's well-rounded experience in IT acquisition and leadership positions across government give her a unique perspective that will add tremendous value to GSA and to the ITS leadership team. Kay will be joining ITS on September 25.

Mary

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Sep 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


Youel Page makes shift from Treasury to GSA

Kevin Youel Page soon will be deputy assistant commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Integrated Technology Service.

He starts the new position Sept. 25, and Mary Davie, ITS' Assistant Commissioner, will be his boss.

Youel Page has been the deputy director of the Office of the Procurement Executive at Treasury Department since 2010.

Here's the letter Davie sent out about the announcement.

Colleagues,

I am thrilled to announce that I have selected Kevin Youel Page as the ITS deputy assistant commissioner. Kevin is joining us from the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Procurement Executive. I have personally known and worked with Kevin since 2005 when the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative was launched and Kevin and the Department of Treasury provided the leadership to gain governmentwide attention for aggregating and leveraging [spending]. Kevin most recently served as the deputy director in the Office of the Procurement Executive at the Department of Treasury, and brings extensive public- and private-sector experience supporting federal agencies with acquisition strategy development, systems analysis, modernization and implementation. Serving as an 1102, he has deep “in-the-trenches” government IT contracting experience. He has successfully led complex and high-profile initiatives, such as the consolidation of the headquarters procurement operation and standing up and leading the procurement team for Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program. Kevin is an innovator and thought leader and will be a wonderful addition to GSA and the ITS leadership team.

I want to also sincerely thank Bruce Caughman for his outstanding contribution as Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the last 18 months. Bruce has been essential during my transition to ITS and has played an  invaluable role in many ITS programs such as co-leading our Cloud IT Services Program Management Office with OCSIT.  Bruce will stay on in ITS and become our chief of staff on Sept. 25 when Kevin joins us.

Please join me in welcoming Kevin and Bruce to their new positions.

Mary

Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


First CIO is on the job at consumer protection bureau

Chris Willey already has started tweeting from his new post as the first chief information officer of the newly-formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created by Congress in response to the sub-prime mortgage crisis.

“Great first day @CFPB,” Willey tweeted on Sept. 7 from his Twitter account @ChrisWilleyDC. “Dream team, ton of energy and passion. There’s nothing we cannot accomplish.”

Willey previously was deputy CIO at the Office of Personnel Management since March 2010. Prior to that position, he was deputy chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, and served seven months as interim CTO.

Willey has 20 years of experience in business and IT and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He also holds an MBA from the University of Maryland.

The consumer protection bureau oversees rules for mortgages, credit cards and checking accounts.

Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Sep 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM2 comments


NASA chief technologist stepping down

NASA's chief technologist, Bobby Braun, plans to leave the agency next month to return to the Georgia Institute of Technology, NASA officials announced.

Braun served as an adviser and advocate on agencywide technology policy and programs at NASA through a two-year Intergovernmental Personnel Act agreement with the university.

"When I asked Bobby to join the NASA leadership team and establish the new Office of the Chief Technologist, I had to pull him away from his family and his work as a professor and researcher at Georgia Tech," said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden in a written statement. "Bobby has rebuilt our basic and applied research capabilities, created technology programs to enable our agency's future success, and clearly articulated the importance of NASA's technology investments as an integral component of our nation's space policy. He's done an incredible job, and we're indebted to him for his exemplary public service."

Braun helped create NASA's Space Technology Program, a research and development effort to create technologies for future space missions.

Posted by Michael Hardy on Sep 07, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


FCC names Robbins to managing director post

Federal executive David Robbins has been appointed as managing director of the Federal Communications Commission, effective Sept. 12, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced.

Robbins will succeed Steven VanRoekel, who became the federal CIO last month, replacing Vivek Kundra.

In his new post Robbins will be in charge of  administration and management, including budgets, human resources, contracts, purchasing, communications, computer services, physical facilities, security, commission meetings and open government, according to a Sept. 2 news release.

Robbins most recently served as an associate administrator for the Small Business Administration’s Office of Management and Administration, where he was in charge of human capital management, facilities management, security, records management, executive secretariat, administrative services, and grants management. He also headed the SBA’s modernization program for its loan management and accounting systems.

“David's leadership and management experience will be invaluable as we continue our efforts to do our work on behalf of the public more efficiently and effectively,” Genachowski said.

Robbins also has previously served in several positions at the Federal Trade Commission, including assistant director, attorney and senior program manager. He also worked for 15 years in the private sector as an attorney and IT executive.

Robbins received his law degree. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1995, and a bachelor of science degree in computer science from Rutgers University/Livingston College in 1986.

Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Sep 06, 2011 at 12:56 PM1 comments


Sony names first chief information security officer

Sony Corp. has chosen Philip Reitinger, a former Homeland Security Department official, to be its new CISO months after a massive hacking attack leaked information on 100 million user accounts on the company's games networks, Reuters reports.

Reitinger, previously director of the U.S. National Cyber Security Center, will become senior vice president and will be based in Washington, the article continued. He has also worked for Microsoft and the Defense Department.

Sony shares have fallen 55 percent since the company revealed the hacking on April 27, the story noted.

Posted by Whitt Flora on Sep 06, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments


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