DorobekInsider: More GSA FAS shifts — King to retire, Ghiloni shifts, and FAS SES regional commissioners

We reported that GSA deputy commissioner Tyree Varnado has announced internally that he will step down on Jan. 3. It ends up he’s not alone. Mary Powers-King, who is acting deputy assistant commissioner for GSA’s Integrated Technology Services and director of GWAC & IT Schedule Programs. Powers-King confirmed that she will retire on Jan. 3.

NextGov’s Gautham Nagesh scored the full announcement.

Powers-King has been a fed for 31 years. She took the post at a time when GWACs and schedule contracts were troubled — and she is widely credited with stabilizing the GSA critical programs..

GSA insiders confirm that Jim Ghiloni, GSA’s Acting Director of the Center for Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) Programs at GSA, will join the Office of Assisted Acquisition Services working for Mary Davie.

Meanwhile, there are five new Federal Acquisition Service senior executive service regional commissioners… the note from GSA FAS Commissioner Jim Williams:

On behalf of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and the respective Regional Administrators, I am pleased to announce the selection of the following FAS Regional Commissioners (RCs):

Sharon A. Wall, New England Region (1);
Paul J. McDermott, Northeast and Caribbean Region (2);
Michael A. Tyllas, Great Lakes Region (5);
Timothy O. Horne, Rocky Mountain Region (8); and,
Michael Gelber, Northwest/Arctic Region (10).

Each appointee has extensive business experience, and knowledge and understanding of FAS programs, customers and stakeholders. I am confident they are the right people to lead these Regions into the future.

Sharon Wall and Tim Horne have been serving as Regional Commissioners of their respective regions for several months. Both bring incredible business and government experience, and I am thrilled that they are able to join us as FAS senior executives.

Many of you know Paul McDermott. As National Director for the Office of Assisted Acquisition Services, Paul oversees and provides guidance to the office’s ten Client Support Centers. Prior to this position, Paul was the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Assistant Regional Administrator for the legacy Federal Technology Service. He also has extensive experience in other federal agencies, including 13 years with DoD.

Michael Tyllas joins FAS from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Program Support Center (PSC). As director of the Administrative Operations Service, a fee-for-service/shared service center, he oversees the delivery of a range of administrative and technical services to HHS and other government agencies, including financial management, information technology support, and strategic acquisitions. I have no doubt that his unique perspectives and experience will serve FAS and Region 5 well.

Michael Gelber, who will be joining us as the new Northwest Arctic Region RC, is presently Region 5’s Public Buildings Service Deputy Regional Commissioner. His diverse 21-year GSA career includes positions as Region 5’s Deputy Regional Administrator, FAS Assistant Regional Administrator, and Assistant Regional Administrator for the legacy Federal Supply Service. I am excited that Michael is rejoining the FAS leadership team.

I sincerely thank Patrick Donovan, Frank Hoeft, Geraldine Watson and James Hamilton for their outstanding leadership and service to FAS. They successfully lead their respective regional organizations during a time of great change, and I know they will continue to serve as outstanding resources to the new RCs.

Our regional programs are the heart of FAS’ operational success, and I look forward to working with each of these executives to build on our legacy of providing service, innovation, and value to our customers, industry partners, and the American taxpayer.