Alan Thomas, the Federal Acquisition Service commissioner, announced Rob Cook would join GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy as its chief innovation adviser.
Alan Thomas became the fourth commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service at the General Services Administration June 26.
Tom Sharpe, the FAS Commissioner, and Kevin Youel Page, the deputy FAS Commissioner, have told staff they are leaving.
Rob Cook, the commissioner of Technology Transformation Service, said most, if not all, of the six recommendations GSA’s inspector general made in the recent critical report on the digital services organization were implemented.
Aaron Snow’s term at GSA is coming to an end and he announced plans to move to the private sector on Feb. 28.
The General Services Administration’s Inspector General found the digital services group used unapproved software, put applications on the network without the proper authorizations and had an overall lack of management oversight or involvement that let 18F staff members basically do what they want.
David Shive, the General Services Administration’s chief information officer, is helping new Technology Transformation Service Commissioner Rob Cook adjust to the federal community while also refocusing on the agency’s IT priorities.
David Shive, who recently returned to his regular role as the GSA chief information officer after serving as acting commissioner of the Technology Transformation Service (TTS) since July, said he found a digital services organization in need of some help to mature its processes and procedures.
A digital services approach won’t come from GSA or the White House or any external group. It has to start with program managers and their ability to imagine how digital services could improve what they deliver to their constituents.
Rob Cook, a former Pixar software executive, will take over as the head of the Technology Transformation Service on Oct. 31.