GSA SHAKE-UP IMPACT ON CONTRACTORS
The departure of the Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service will likely result in the slowing of some FAS initiatives and potentially the reversal of others. Overall, contractors and FAS staff can expect some confusion and delays as the reorganization dust settles. Although the departure of FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe had been expected, the simultaneous resignation of Deputy Kevin Youel Page caught many by surprise. A new politically-appointed Commissioner, Alan Thomas, is slated to take over this week, but he will need significant assistance from experienced hands to navigate FAS and its many business lines. Integrated Technology Service Assistant Commissioner Mary Davie has been tapped as the acting Deputy and will certainly ably fill that role, Davie’s elevation, in turn, however, may potentially delay ITS projects, such as the pending EIS contract. The other open question is what, if anything, these personnel changes will have on the GSA Schedule TDR pilot. Add to this the fact that there is yet to be a formal announcement on a new GSA Administrator, and contractors will likely have to show some patience and innovation to work with GSA on key customer projects.