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DorobekInsider.com: GSA names Tyree Varnado to key acquisition post

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We told you about the leadership shuffles going on over at GSA. Acting Administrator Jim Williams Jim Williams named Barney Brasseux as the agency’s number two official. That, of course, left a vacancy at the Federal Acquisition Service, where Brasseaux has been serving as the acting FAS commissioner.

I just got word that Williams has named Tyree Varnado to be the acting FAS Commissioner effective September 21.

Varnado will be permanently reassigned as the FAS deputy commissioner while holding serving as the acting FAS Commissioner.

Since December 2002, Varnado has been the assistant regional administrator for FAS in GSA’s greater southwest region.

Of course, there are actings all over GSA’s leadership because Williams’ nomination to be GSA administration — non-acting, if you will — has a hold by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). It’s unlikely that Grassley is going to lift that hold.

I don’t know Varnado, but I think it is a fascinating move — selecting somebody from outside the beltway. I also have a lot of faith in Williams.

I have already received this comment:

Not only a great guy, but it sends the right message that DC is NOT the center of the universe. That Jim Williams is a sharp dude.

Know Varnado? Do share.

And read Varnado’s bio from GSA after the break…

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September 18, 2008 at 6:43 PM

DorobekInsider.com: Brasseux named GSA’s deputy administrator

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GSA watchers have been awaiting word on who would be GSA’s deputy administrator. Well, on Wednesday, GSA Acting Administrator Jim Williams named Barney Brasseux as the agency’s number two official.

Brasseaux is widely respected. He served as Williams deputy when he was commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, and had just been named the acting FAS commissioner soon after Williams moved to the corner office.

What remains unclear is whether Brasseaux will be both the deputy administrator and acting FAS commissioner, which seems to be a lot of work, or who Williams will name to the FAS post.

The official release is expected today.

Update: I’m hearing that Brasseaux will not fill both the deputy and FAS job, and that the FAS job will be filled by an outside the Beltway person. Stay tuned.

Read Brasseaux’s bio after the break.
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Written by cdorobek

September 18, 2008 at 7:31 AM