On January 22 2013, the General Services Administration (GSA) named Thomas Sharpe as the head of the Federal Acquisition Services (FAS). Sharp fills the role formerly held in an acting capacity by Mary Davie. Davie took over for Steve Kempf who left to take long-term medical leave in July 2012.
According to the press release: “As commissioner, Sharpe will oversee the acquisition and provision of more than $55 billion in best-value products, services, and solutions to federal agencies…. Sharpe has 30 years of experience in both the private sector and government, serving most recently as the Department of the Treasury’s Senior Procurement Executive. In that role, he was responsible for Treasury-wide procurement policy, procurement career management, and oversight and continuous improvement of bureau procurement operations. Before joining Treasury, Sharpe served as a consulting principal with IBM Business Consulting Services responsible for the marketing, sales and delivery of procurement transformation engagements with IBM’s commercial and government customers.
His prior operational procurement experience includes playing a key role in strategically sourcing IBM’s technical service requirements that generated competitive advantage to IBM. Sharpe has held senior procurement and managerial roles with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense.”
Based on his prior experience Mr. Sharpe will likely find it important to: