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Chris Smith, the chief information officer at the Agriculture Department, is going to retire, friends and industry sources tell the DorobekINSIDER.
Smith, who is widely respected in government IT circles, has been with USDA since 2008. He served as the acting CIO and was given the post in May 2009.
Insiders say Smith will leave in three weeks and has not said where he will go next.
USDA Deputy CIO Charles McClam will serve as acting CIO, insiders say.
Read Smith’s bio… after the break:
Amazon’s Web Service’s government arm has scored a coup — hiring Frank DiGiammarino, who left the White House late last year.
The DorobekINSIDER has confirmed that DiGiammarino has been named Amazon Web Service‘s director of innovation and global expansion for Amazon Web Services, which is mostly known for books but has been making a big play in the cloud — and in government. And that includes some smart hires. Last year, Amazon hired Teresa Carlson, who had led Microsoft Federal.
DiGiammarino left the White House earlier this year where he served as an advisor to the Vice President for recovery implementation and director of the Recovery Implementation Office. In that job, he was responsible to ensuring the $787 billion in stimulus got out into the economy as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Here he is at 2010’s Gov 2.0 Summit talking about the stimulus spendings impact on innovation:
DiGiammarino is widely respected, previously serving as the vice president of strategic initiatives for the National Academy of Public Administration, where he helped created the innovative Collaboration Project. The Collaboration Project was developed along with Lena Trudeau, who is now at the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service’s Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic Innovations. It was designed to be a place where government could collaborate around collaboration.
This is only the latest in some high profile people jumping into the cloud. Carlson joined Amazon Web Services last year, and Viveck Kundra, the former federal chief information officer, announced that he is joining Salesforce.com.
After the break… read DiGammarino’s full bio…
Just before the end of the year, a significant reorganization coming to GSA’s acquisition leadership.
Ed O’Hare, Assistant Commissioner for the Integrated Technology Services (ITS) portfolio, who took the post in March 2009, will retire effective January 15, 2011, according to a memo by Steve Kempf , the commission of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service sent to employees today. Mary Davie, presently the Assistant Commissioner of FAS’ Office of Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS), will serve as the ITS portfolio’s next leader effective January 16, 2011. ITS oversees some of the government’s biggest and most important contracts including the GSA schedule contracts, GSA’s governmentwide telecommunications contracts such as Networx , and GSA’s governmentwide acquisition vehicles , including the just announced Alliant.
Kempf stressed that the Federal Acquisition Services has a deep bench of executives with extensive experience. Therefore, as part of those changes:
* As I mentioned, Mary Davie, presently the Assistant Commissioner of FAS’ Office of Assisted Acquisition Services (AAS), will serve as the ITS portfolio’s next leader effective January 16, 2011.
* Bill Sisk, presently the FAS Southeast Sunbelt Region Commissioner, has agreed to act as the GSS Assistant Commissioner effective January 2, 2011.
* Michael Gelber, presently the FAS Northwest Arctic Region Commissioner, will become the new FAS Pacific Rim Commissioner effective January 16, 2011.
The following people will act in these positions during the upcoming transition period:
* Tim Fleming, presently AAS’ Deputy Assistant Commissioner, will be the Acting Assistant Commissioner for AAS.
* Kelley Holcombe, FAS Deputy Regional Commissioner, will serve as the Acting FAS Southeast Sunbelt Region Commissioner.
* James Hamilton, the Northwest Arctic Region’s Director for Customer Accounts and Research, will serve as the Acting FAS Commissioner in Region 10.
A number of new — and returning — people to the government IT press.
The DorobekINSIDER told you last month that Allan Holmes, who helped create NextGov, was leaving to join Bloomberg’s BGov. That led to a search for a replacement.
Government Executive editor in chief Tom Shoop today announced that GovExec veteran Katherine McIntire Peters will be taking that post. NextGov is also adding Charlie Clark as a senior correspondent. Clark has been everywhere from National Journal to the Post to CQ. He’ll work across Government Executive and Nextgov.
It comes as the 1105 Government Information Group has tapped veterans for some key spots. Earlier this year, David Rapp, who had served as the 1105 Government Information Group editorial director and editor of FCW, also joined Bloomberg’s BGov. And Wyatt Kash, the long time editor of Government Computer News, was shifted to focus on events such as FOSE. 1105 Government Information Group president Anne Armstrong recently named Paul McCloskey as the editor of Government Computer News and John S. Monroe as the editor of Federal Computer Week. McCloskey and Monroe are veterans of the government IT market — and FCW.
Below, you can read Shoop’s note to staff about Peters and Clark…
I’m very pleased to announce that we have a new editor for Nextgov, and even more pleased to report that while we searched far and wide, ultimately we found her right within our walls.
Katherine Peters has agreed to take the reins at Nextgov, effective at the beginning of 2011. As many of you know, Katherine has been with us for 15 years, and is our senior correspondent covering Defense Department management issues and federal agencies’ use and oversight of energy. She has been pinch-hitting as an editor since October, and during that time, under her leadership and that of our other experienced editors, Nextgov has continued to lead the way in breaking major federal IT stories and providing insightful analysis. Just as important, Katherine has immediately gained the respect and admiration of the staff. That’s no surprise, because she has excelled at every challenge we’ve put in front of her for all these years, and is quite simply one of the most talented writers and editors in the business today. Before joining us, she gained experience as an associate editor at Army Times and as a writer and technical editor at both IDC Washington and EDS. We’re fortunate she’s eager to take on this new challenge, and I have every confidence she’ll take Nextgov to new heights.
Luckily, we won’t have to wait to find a replacement for Katherine as senior correspondent. That position will be filled by Charlie Clark, who has been working with us on a temporary basis for the past couple of months. Charlie brings a wealth of experience to the job, having previously worked as a managing editor at National Journal, an editorial writer and copy editor at the Washington Post, a staff writer at Congressional Quarterly, and editor of Tax Notes Today at Tax Analysts. He’ll be doing a mix of editing and writing across a variety of subjects.
As Katherine and Charlie get settled in their new roles, we’ll continue to look for another talented journalist to fill the staff correspondent slot we still have open.
Please join me in congratulating Katherine and welcoming Charlie to the team.
In one of the biggest moves in government IT in years, Teresa Carlson, who has led Microsoft Federal for the past several years, is leaving the software giant to lead Amazon.com’s burgeoning cloud computing business.
Amazon officials were not available to confirm, but Carlson has told told friends that she will start on Dec. 13. Microsoft officials said that no replacement has been named.
Carlson is one of the preeminent leaders in the business of government community. She has been at Microsoft since 2002, and for the past several years, she has served as the vice president of Microsoft Federal.
The move is a tectonic shift for the cloud computing environment — and for Amazon.com. Amazon has already been a significant player in government — Recovery.gov runs on the Amazon cloud platform. But Amazon has largely lacked a “face” to the market.
But it also is a significant development for the cloud computing environment, scoring one of the most respected government IT executives for the relatively new computing platform.
And… the move leaves Microsoft Federal with a big shoes to fill.
Carlson’s biography as posted on the Microsoft Web site:
Vice President US Federal Government
Teresa Carlson is the Vice President at Microsoft Corporation responsible for US Federal Government. In this role, she defines the strategy and oversees the execution of sales, contracting, pre-sales technical support, product marketing, customer satisfaction, and performance of the US Federal Government business worldwide.
Teresa joined Microsoft in 2002 as part of the US Federal Group to start up and manage the new Business Productivity unit. In this role, she led a team focused on delivering customer business value through a portfolio of business scenarios. Promoted from there to lead the US Federal Solutions Unit, she created a comprehensive solutions framework that was introduced into the US Federal marketplace. Teresa was also responsible for the US Federal partner channel that consists of more than 2500 Microsoft partners. In July 2005 she became the US Director of Strategy and Operations for Microsoft Federal where she developed new concepts, methods, and strategies for working in the US Federal market. And in 2006 she became the General Manager of the US Federal Civilian Agencies and International Global Organizations (IGO’s) business unit, managing a $600M+ business unit.
Prior to joining Microsoft Teresa was the World Wide Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Lexign Incorporated, formerly Keyfile Corporation, a software company focused on secure, end-to-end business transactions using XML and other technologies. Upon acquisition of three separate companies by Lexign, Teresa was responsible for the overall strategy of the integration and world-wide launch of the newly merged company.
Before moving into the information technology arena, Teresa spent 15 years in the health care field, as a practitioner and consultant initially, then as a business manager and area vice-president, responsible for national accounts, marketing, and business development. During this time, she led customers through numerous transformations, including Joint Commission certifications and significant payment system changes.
Teresa is a native of Kentucky, and currently loves living in Maryland with her husband, a graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point and her youngest son. Her oldest son is now also at West Point. The three men in her life help make it exciting and keep her priorities straight. She has an undergraduate and Masters of Science degree in Communications and Speech and Language Pathology from Western Kentucky University. She holds a variety of certificates and is an advocate for children.
Teresa has received many awards for her industry and civic contributions to the Washington D.C. Community. These include the Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 Award, and The Bisnow on Business’ Federal IT Power 50 for 2009. Her deep commitment to bettering her community and her passion for her Federal customers has led her to numerous leadership engagements including service on the Boards of: AFCEA Bethesda Chapter, AFFIRM, American Red Cross Capital Chapter, TIE-DC and NPower.
GSA’s chief spokesperson, Sahar Wali, is going to be leaving the agency. She will be joining the White House Council of Environmental Quality as their communications director next month, the DorobekINSIDER has confirmed.
Wali has roots on Capitol Hill and she worked on the Obama campaign. She joined GSA soon after the election and has been part of GSA’s top management team. Speaking personally, she has been a fierce defender of GSA.
GSA Administrator Martha Johnson, in a note to staff today, said, “Sahar has done a very important job in building and publicizing our GSA brand, in accelerating and improving our methods and practices for communicating internally and externally, and in helping us support the White House on key initiatives such as Sustainability, Open Government, and much more. She has also been a tremendous coach to those of us who have been giving speeches and interviews and working with the press. GSA can stand tall and taller every day because more people hear and understand the story of GSA and how we are fulfilling our mission. We will greatly miss her skill, tenacity, and sense of excellence.”
Read the full note from Martha Johnson below:
It is with very mixed feelings that I have accepted Sahar Wali’s resignation as our Associate Administrator for Communications and Marketing. She has been offered the great opportunity to join the White House Council of Environmental Quality as their Director of Communications, beginning in mid-November.
On the one hand, Sahar is not going far. Our relationship with CEQ is a special one. They are great supporters and partners with us on our Zero Environmental Footprint goals and aspirations. Sahar will be simply helping us from a new vantage point and perspective. She knows our work well.
On the other hand, Sahar has done a very important job in building and publicizing our GSA brand, in accelerating and improving our methods and practices for communicating internally and externally, and in helping us support the White House on key initiatives such as Sustainability, Open Government, and much more. She has also been a tremendous coach to those of us who have been giving speeches and interviews and working with the press. GSA can stand tall and taller every day because more people hear and understand the story of GSA and how we are fulfilling our mission. We will greatly miss her skill, tenacity, and sense of excellence.
As this transition takes place, we will be working closely with the White House to appoint a new person to head GSA’s strategic communications efforts. We will also be continuing the work she led in re-organizing the Office of Communications and Marketing.
Please join me in wishing Sahar the best in her next challenge and in asking her to come by and visit us often. Like daily?
On the heels of a number of management changed made official yesterday, Steve Kempf, the commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, has named Houston Taylor as the assistant commissioner for the Office of Acquisition Management.
Taylor has been serving in that post in an acting capacity. Previously he Previously Mr. Taylor served as the Director of the Program Analysis Division, were he championed and managed the FAS Environmental Program.
As the assistant commissioner of FAS Acquisition Management, he oversees the direction in planning, organizing and managing major functional areas including Acquisition Career Field Management, Policy Implementation, Socio-Economic Programs, Program Analysis, Supplier Management, and the Federal Supply Schedules Program.
The memo from Kempf:
I am pleased to announce that Houston Taylor, who has been the Acting Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Acquisition Management, has agreed to permanently fill this role. In this role Houston will continue to direct FAS acquisition policy initiatives such as socioeconomic and environmental programs and support GSA’s goals through improved acquisition policy management throughout FAS. His career experience in acquisition, serving both civilian and defense department organizations, will serve him well as he leads the FAS Acquisition Management team.
Please join me in congratulating Houston as he permanently takes over this leadership role. His energy, commitment to service and collaborative approach to building business solutions that work for FAS and its customers will help him continue to make an impact for FAS.
Houston Taylor is the Acting Assistant Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service’s Office of Acquisition Management, with full authority and shared responsibility for direction in planning, organizing and managing major functional areas including Acquisition Career Field Management, Policy Implementation, Socio-Economic Programs, Program Analysis, Supplier Management, and the Federal Supply Schedules Program. Previously Mr. Taylor served as the Director of the Program Analysis Division, were he championed and managed the FAS Environmental Program, working in direct support of the General Services Administration’s commitment to providing “green” options for Federal customers while leading the way in environmentally friendly acquisition practices. Mr. Taylor started his career with GSA as the Director of the Center for Services Acquisition, where he was responsible for managing the Financial and Business Solutions Schedule, a program that exceeded one billion dollars in sales under his leadership.
He brings more than 25 years of procurement and contract management experience to the agency. Mr. Taylor retired from active duty with the U.S. Air Force in 2000. His assignments included tours in Turkey, the United Kingdom, the Air Force Inspection Agency, and Operation Provide Comfort, where he worked as a contingency contracting officer in Southern Turkey and Northern Iraq. In his final assignment he worked at the Pentagon for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Air Force as the contracting career field manager. Additional highlights of his extensive government career include service as a contracting professional within the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Service.
Mr. Taylor holds a Graduate Certificate from the University of Virginia in Procurement and Contracts Management, along with an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland. He is also a Level III-Certified Contracting Officer and a Certified Federal Contracts Manager.
Mr. Taylor is a native of Canton, Ohio.
A number of leadership changes at the General Services Administration.
GSA Administrator Martha Johnson has announced that Gail Lovelace, who has served as the chief people officer for the General Services Administration, will be taking a newly created job as GSA’s chief leadership officer.
“I have been deliberately attending to succession planning, strategic alignment, and performance management of the agency leadership since my confirmation,” Johnson said in a memo to staff. “Gail has helped shape those activities and will continue to build on them. This move will also signal beyond the walls of GSA that we are intent upon holding our place as a pace-setter for the government in matters of fostering and strengthening public sector leadership.”
Lovelace is widely respected in government, particularly in the HR community, and has been recognized for her work on the Bush-Obama transition.
Replacing Lovelace as GSA’s chief people officer will be Tony Costa, who has spent most of his 25 year career at GSA with the Public Building Service.
In addition, Bill Piatt is moving from the Office of Technology Strategy to the GSA Administrator’s office. He will assume the work that Tony has been championing, namely GSA’s use of the social media and open government tools that our Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies is promulgating across government
The memo from Johnson sent out today:
From: Administrator Martha Johnson
Subject: Exciting Leadership Movement
It is my pleasure to announce a couple of exciting leadership moves here at
To begin, Gail Lovelace will be moving to my office to assume the role of Chief Leadership Officer on December 1. For the past 13 years Gail has served as the Chief People Officer. She and I have worked very closely together for years, and I am personally thrilled to have her join me in building and strengthening our leadership cadre. I have been deliberately attending to succession planning, strategic alignment, and performance management of the agency leadership since my confirmation. Gail has helped shape those activities and will continue to build on them. This move will also signal beyond the walls of GSA that we are intent upon holding our place as a pace-setter for the government in matters of fostering and strengthening public sector leadership.
In conjunction with Gail’s move, I have asked Tony Costa to step in as the Chief People Officer. Tony brings customer knowledge, strategic business perspective, operational experience, and, perhaps most importantly, change management chops. While most of his 25 year career at GSA has been with the Public Building Service – both Regional and at Central Office – Tony is
willing to step into a new challenge in the “C-Suite.” It is not an easy thing to follow a leader such as Gail Lovelace who has in many ways defined Human Resources for GSA, but I have confidence that Tony will do a great job at the helm of the CPO’s office. I am equally confident that such moves are good for our leaders and good for the organization as a whole. They break down our silos and send the signal that we want people to try new things and build out their knowledge of the full enterprise.
Finally, Bill Piatt will move from the Office of Technology Strategy to my office and will assume the work that Tony has been championing, namely GSA’s use of the social media and open government tools that our Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies is promulgating across government. Bill recently returned to GSA and brings great experience in IT leadership and progressive IT tools. I know that he will hit the ground running, and I am excited about the energy that he will bring to these important enterprise-wide efforts.
GSA is going through a lot of change. These leaders have deep experience in GSA and share a passion for our mission and collective success. As they change roles, they are modeling change as leaders. Please join me in thanking them for their service and supporting them in these new challenges.
Holmes has earned praise for leading NextGov from its inception. NextGov was a brilliant idea — giving Government Executive a part of the lucrative government technology ad market. The idea has evolved, but Holmes is credited with building a team of stellar reporters — among them Bob Brewin covering the Defense Department and Aliya Sternstein, who covers open government issues… among others.
As Government Executive Group President Tim Hartman said in his note, Holmes leaves big shoes to fill.
It is also an indication that Bloomberg is taking the government market seriously. While not much is known about bGov, Bloomberg bought Eagle Eye Publishing earlier this year… and they have been rumored to be occasional bidders for market research firm Input. (They were in the bidding, but pulled out because of the high price. Input is said to been trying to entice Bloomberg back into the bidding.) Bloomberg is also looking to hire scores of people.
Clearly something worth watching.
Here is Hartman’s note to staff earlier today:
From: Hartman, Tim
Subject: A Nextgov Announcement
I write to you bearing sad news today: Allan Holmes will be leaving the helm of Nextgov.com to pursue an opportunity with Bloomberg’s BGov.
Allan departs after years of groundbreaking work with us. Allan rejoined Government Executive in 2007 for his second stint with us, promoting the idea that the federal agency leaders and technologists needed a web site that addressed their common challenges. A year later, Nextgov was born, and it was an immediate success. Under Allan’s leadership, Nextgov has grown to become the number one federal technology web site in traffic, and is now the definitive voice in federal technology.
Unfortunately, Allan’s entrepreneurial spirit now takes him to BGov, where he will work to define their new technology product. We wish Allan well in his new role, and will find time in the coming weeks to celebrate his work with us.
Allan leaves some big shoes to fill, and we have begun an immediate search for a new leader for Nextgov. Nextgov’s success is due to Allan’s emphasis on quality journalism, innovation, and metabolism. We now seek candidates who embody these traits.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Government Executive Media Group
Some changes at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. Tamela “Tami” Riggs will move from GSA’s Public Building Service and has been named to the post of Assistant Commissioner, Office of Customer Accounts and Research for GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service.
Riggs will replace Gary Feit, who has announced that he is retiring next spring.
Here is the note from GSA Administrator Martha Johnson:
From: Administrator Martha Johnson
Re: A Move That Counts
I am happy to announce today that Tamela Riggs will be assuming the position of Assistant Commissioner, Office of Customer Accounts and Research in the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).
This move is significant in a number of ways. First, Gary Feit who has held that position will be retiring next spring. We want to avoid the discontinuity that occurs when we wait for a position to be vacant before beginning the process of filling it. Therefore, we are allowing for an overlap so that Gary can help Tami as she steps into the position. This is an important aspect of succession management, creating an appropriate overlap so institutional memory isn’t lost and the organization is not caught in leadership limbo.
Second, Tami is moving from PBS to FAS. I can’t emphasize enough the value I place on all of our executives holding a GSA enterprise perspective. Having experience in various service or staff offices enriches a leader’s perspective, builds networks, and demonstrates an eagerness and ability to change.
Hurray to Tami — and others — who are willing to make such moves. Their actions speak louder than all the words we can puff about change.
Congratulations to Tami on the move and let’s all look for opportunities to continue to model the message of change.
And the message sent to FAS Staff from Steve Kempf:
Subject: FAS Leadership Announcements
I am pleased to announce several additions and changes in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service leadership team.
Gary Feit will be joining the FAS Commissioner’s staff as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner. In this role, he will reach out to industry associations, top officials at customer agencies and other stakeholders to improve the quality and effectiveness of FAS programs. Gary has held many positions throughout his GSA career – in the Regions, in various business portfolios and most recently as FAS Assistant Commissioner for Customer Accounts and Research. He has extensive experience managing customer relationships through training and business outreach initiatives including the GSA Expo. His deep understanding and thorough knowledge of FAS programs gives him a valuable perspective that will be useful in this new role.
Tami Riggs will be joining the FAS team as the Assistant Commissioner for Customer Accounts and Research. Most recently, Tami has served GSA’s Public Buildings Service as the Acting Assistant Commissioner for Organizational Resources where she successfully planned and implemented business strategies to meet GSA customer needs. She has a deep knowledge of both FAS and PBS business portfolios, having worked in each organization during her career. Tami has a proven track record which will help her be successful in deepening FAS relationships with our customers.
Marty Jennings will join the FAS General Supplies and Services Portfolio as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner. Marty has over 35 years of government experience, serving in the U.S. Army and most recently as Director of Logistics at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His leadership and program management skills gained from his career as a soldier and as an officer, combined with his expertise in logistics, prepare him well to assist leading the GSS Portfolio employees and programs to future success.
Please join me in congratulating Gary, Tami, and Marty as they undertake these leadership roles in FAS. Their spirit of service, commitment to innovative thinking and collaborative approach to building business solutions that work for customers will help FAS shape its future and ensure many years.