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DorobekINSIDER: USDA CIO Chris Smith retiring

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USDA CIO Chris Smith

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:

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March 8, 2012 at 3:17 PM

DorobekINSIDER: HUD’s Chris Niedermayer to retire

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HUD Dept. Chris Niedermayer

HUD Dept. Chris Niedermayer

Chris Niedermayer, the Deputy CIO for Business and IT Modernization at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has announced internally that he is retiring after 33 years of public service, the DorobekINSIDER has learned.

His last day will be Dec. 3. He has told friends that he plans to take two or three months off to “decompress” and that he will start looking for new opportunities after the new year.

Niedermayer is well respected in the government IT community having worked in a number of key posts, most recent at the Patent and Trademark Office, and before that at the Agriculture Department. He was recruited by HUD CIO Jerry Williams to be a  key part of the IT leadership team at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Earlier this year, Niedermayer was struck with Lyme Disease. After a tough battle, he has now fully recovered.

Read Niedermayer’s full bio… after the break.

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December 2, 2011 at 8:52 AM

DorobekINSIDER: GovLoop Insights Issue of the Week: The budget

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The GovLoop Insights Issue of the Week with Chris Dorobek…  where each week we try to pick a issue… idea… person… or topic that defined the past 7-days… but also choose one that will define the days… weeks… and months ahead… As always, we focus on six words: Helping you do your job better.Generally we hold off telling you what the big story is, but… not this week. This week’s big story is the budget. And there was a lot of budget news this week…

But before we talk budget… some of the other stories that defined the second week of first week of November 2011…

After the break, we highlight some of the big stories of the week… including a fed jobs bill… USAJobs update… TSP’s October numbers…

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November 4, 2011 at 7:14 PM

DorobekINSIDER: Reorg at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service; O’Hare to retire

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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.

Joe Jeu, Assistant Commissioner for FAS’ General Supplies and Services (GSS) portfolio, has accepted an opportunity to continue his career at another federal agency, effective January 2, 2011.

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.

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December 20, 2010 at 1:44 PM

DorobekINSIDER: Jerry Lohfink, head of the USDA’s National Finance Center, to retire

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The DorobekINSIDER has learned that Cyrus G. “Jerry” Lohfink, the director of the National Finance Center, will retire in August.

“I have decided to retire for one primary reason; I feel that it is time,” he said in a note to his staff on Monday. “It is time for me to address other interests and challenges. It is time for NFC to benefit from new leadership and perspectives. And, as we have often discussed, nothing improves until something changes.”

Lohfink is widely respected for his work at the National Finance Center, particularly for the work around Hurricane Katrina. NFC is located in New Orleans and had to shift resources around during Hurricane Katrina. For that work, he was recognized in 2006 with Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 Award for that work — and in the issue, we called him them the Master of Disaster.

Lohfink has led the National Finance Center since 2003 after John Ortego retired from government.

The National Finance Center is a fascinating organization for a number of reasons. First, NSF was doing shared services before shared services was cool. But it is also critically important organization to feds given that they are the payroll system for many agencies. The NSF provides integrated Payroll/Personnel System and provides all the necessary related support services for the payroll process. NSF is a fee-for-service organization, meaning that it operates similar to the private sector — if you don’t satisfy customers, you lose the business. According to USDA, the National Finance Center has 1,100 Federal employees and an additional 100 contract employees with annual revenues of exceeding $160 million. NFC disburses in excess of $100B annually, pays 620,000 Federal employees biweekly, performs recordkeeping services for more than 4.2 million enrollees in Federal health benefit programs, and provides a variety of human resource, administrative, and information technology services for 172 Federal organizations.

Jerry and his wife, Cheryl, have been married for more than 30 years. They have three children. They live in Slidell, Louisiana.

Here is his note to staff:

Subject: For Your Info

What a year already! The New Orleans Saints are World Champions (and pigs have flown)! The City of New Orleans is transitioning to new leadership! FMMI is up and serving more and more customers! NFC continues to improve services and gain new business! And there are still 9 more months remaining in the year for things to happen.

One such future happening this year, albeit a far less notable one, will be my retirement from Federal Service. I have just informed Mr. Jon Holladay, Acting Chief Finance Officer, of my intention to retire from Federal service at the end of August 2010. I am sending you this note because I wanted to be the first to share this information with you.

I have decided to retire for one primary reason; I feel that it is time. It is time for me to address other interests and challenges. It is time for NFC to benefit from new leadership and perspectives. And, as we have often discussed, nothing improves until something changes.

I have been very blessed to have had 33 years of Federal Service which I have tremendously enjoyed; especially my 27 years at NFC! Federal Service has been very good to me and my family. My time at NFC has introduced me to many opportunities, challenges, and terrific people – leadership, peers, customers, stakeholders, business partners, etc. But foremost in my daily thoughts are you, the “CAN DO!” employees at the NFC, who have been my inspirations, role models, and folks that I tremendously admire! Always maintain that positive attitude! I just do not think that each of you truly appreciates the important role you play and the terrific job you do at making the Government’s administrative and financial business better!

I look forward to continuing to work with you over the next 5 months to better the organization, improve customer satisfaction, and continue to grow the business. We continue to be in a great period of service improvement and business growth. We must keep the momentum going! There are great years ahead for the folks at the NFC! You are making it so.

I tremendously appreciate what each of you does on a daily basis for your organization and its customers! I am proud to say that I am your colleague and number one cheerleader. THANK YOU for making me a better person from having served with each of you! Who dat? YOU DAT!!

Sincerely,

/s/ Jerry
CYRUS G. LOHFINK
Director, National Finance Center

Here is his bio from USDA:

Jerry Lohfink is director of the Office of the Chief Financial Officer’s National Finance Center in New Orleans, La.

From May 1998 until his selection for this position Lohfink served as deputy director of NFC. During his nearly 20 years at NFC he has also served as associate director of its Information Resources Management Division, its financial management officer, chief of its Financial Information Branch, a senior financial analyst, and a program analyst.

From 1978-84 he served with the Agricultural Research Service at its [then] regional office in New Orleans. During his tenure there he worked as the assistant for finance to ARS’s [then} regional administrator, the assistant budget and fiscal officer, a supervisory budget analyst, and a supervisory accounting technician.

John Ortego, the previous director of NFC, is now president and owner of Ortego & Associates, a business consulting firm based in New Orleans.

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March 31, 2010 at 10:13 AM

DorobekINSIDER EXCLUSIVE: GSA’s Jim Williams to retire from government after 30-plus years

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Jim Williams, the widely respected head of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, has told staff that he will leave government on April 3.

Williams has had a remarkable government career, most recently as the first commission of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, which was tasked with bringing together the former Federal Supply Service and Federal Technology Service. But he has also served as the director of U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program (US-VISIT) at the Homeland Security Department, and in several senior leadership posts at the Internal Revenue Service.

Williams does not have any current plans for when he leaves government, sources confirmed. He is exploring his options, insiders said.

The note Williams sent to staff today:

Today, I let Administrator Martha Johnson know that I am retiring from government service on April 3, 2010, but I am planning for my last day in the office to be March 31st.

I feel like I have been incredibly blessed and fortunate to have been able to serve our great nation for over thirty years and do so with so many people around the world that I like and respect.

I also believe our country’s future is bright because of the dedicated and fantastic people that I have had the opportunity to serve with and to have been part of teams of people, many still serving government, that work hard to deliver positive results for the American people, our military and law enforcement personnel, and all other parts of government.

For people who have recently come into government, I hope they experience and feel how tremendously fulfilling a public service can be. Across several government agencies and most recently GSA, DHS, and IRS, I know the successes that I am proud to have been a part of have all been due to great leaders and teams of people coming together from the public and private sector to best serve our country and make the world a better place.

There is no adequate way to say thank you to my family, friends around the world, and co-workers for all the support provided to me during my career, but I hope they know I am very grateful.

At this point, I do not know where I will be working after I leave government. I will see what options there are after I leave, but, wherever I end up, what does matter to me is that I want to stay in touch with friends. Thank you to you all for your friendship and support that helped make my career such a wonderful and rewarding experience.

Best wishes,

Jim Williams

Williams bio:

James A. Williams returned to the position of Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service on January 22, 2009. He was designated Acting Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration on August 30, 2008. As Acting Administrator, Williams presided over the leading acquisition agency for the federal government. He was responsible for the management of nearly 12,000 employees and more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars. As Administrator he influenced the management of $500 billion in assets including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings. He also was steward of more than 425 historic properties and 208,000 vehicles.

During his leadership as Acting Administrator, Williams was responsible for a very successful presidential transition; and for gaining approval of the 4.5 million square foot Master Plan for the St. Elizabeths Hospital campus in Washington, DC to be the new permanent home of the Department of Homeland Security. He also provided leadership in the sustainable design of energy efficient buildings; managed various “green” initiatives that provide environmentally friendly products, services and technology to federal agencies; and continued the implementation of fuel-efficient vehicles within federal and GSA’s vehicle fleets.

Before becoming Acting Administrator, Williams served as Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service. Here he provides strategic direction-setting, performance management and leadership for the efficient and effective program execution necessary to provide best value for the government and for taxpayers, proactive customer assistance and simplified procedures. His organization is responsible for nearly $50 billion annually in acquisition revenues covering the GSA Schedules Program, information technology, vehicles, furniture, supplies to the warfighter, property disposal, travel and transportation contracts and assisting customer agencies with life cycle acquisition support.

Prior to this, Williams served as Director of the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program (US-VISIT) at the Department of Homeland Security. Previously, he served in several executive leadership positions at the Internal Revenue Service, including Deputy Associate Commissioner for Program Management, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Procurement and later as Director of Procurement at the IRS.

Earlier in his career, Williams was director of the Local Telecommunications Procurement Division at GSA, where he was responsible for all nationwide local telecommunications purchases for the agency.

A native of Virginia, Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s in business administration from The George Washington University.

DorobekINSIDER: GSA procurement guru Drabkin to retire

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The DorobekINSIDER has confirmed that David Drabkin, GSA’s deputy chief acquisition officer, will retire from government on March 8.

Drabkin confirmed that he will join the private sector, but he didn’t want to name the company just yet.

David Drabkin

Drabkin is one of the most respected people in the government procurement community and has had a distinguished career.

Mr. Drabkin has served GSA for nearly 10 years including a tour on detail to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

He served on the Acquisition Advisory Panel (SARA Panel), Deputy Program Manager, Pentagon Renovation Program, the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition Process and Policies), Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition Reform) (ODUSD(AR)); and the Director, Regulatory Reform and Implementation, ODUSD(AR), where he served as the Project Manager for FASA Implementation.

He is a native of Mount Vernon, N.Y.

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February 18, 2010 at 11:49 AM

DorobekInsider: Energy Department CIO to retire after 45 years of public service

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The DorobekInsider has learned — and confirmed — that Energy Department CIO Tom Pyke notified his staff that he is retiring from that post.

As he said in his note, he just completed 46 years of federal service, including four years at the Energy Department. He also notes that 2010 marks 50 years since he started work as a summer student National Bureau of Standards, now NIST.

While Pyke has often been less visible then some other CIOs, he is respected in the government IT community.

Here is his note to staff:

It is with mixed feelings that I announce that I am going to retire from the Federal Government.

As of last Wednesday, I completed 46 years of Federal service, including the last four years here at DOE. This year, 2010, marks 50 years since I began work as a summer student at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST). I will miss all of you! What a terrific team we have in the Office of the CIO! I am proud to be leaving the Department of Energy on a high note! Our IT capital investment process shows all green on the Dashboard. Our cyber security protection of systems and data is solid. And our IT service customer satisfaction is at an all time high. We have just received our highest customer satisfaction rating yet from the latest independent Gartner group survey of all of our customers. My last date at DOE will be February 26, 2010.

I wish all of you the very best in everything you do, here at the Department of Energy and in your personal lives!

Here is Pyke’s bio:

Tom Pyke
Chief Information Officer

As Chief Information Officer of the U.S. Department of Energy, Tom Pyke leads the Department’s management of information technology (IT), ensuring that the Department acquires and manages its IT resources so as to provide strong support for DOE missions, and at lowest cost. Mr. Pyke has led DOE in revitalizing its cyber security program and improving its IT capital investment review and enterprise architecture processes. The Department of Energy’s annual IT budget is $2.1 billion.

Before joining the Department of Energy, Mr. Pyke was the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Commerce, from 2001 to 2005. At the Department of Commerce, Mr. Pyke was a senior manager of information technology for over 30 years. As Commerce Chief Information Officer, he led major improvements in the Department’s IT security posture and IT planning and capital investment review processes. Previously, Mr. Pyke created and led the High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and became NOAA’s first CIO. He was also Director of the GLOBE Program, leading an interagency team to create an international environmental science and education program now involving over 21,000 schools in 110 countries.

Tom began his career at the National Bureau of Standards (now the National Institute of Standards and Technology), where he was Director of the Center for Computer Systems Engineering and then Director of the Center for Programming Science and Technology. He joined NOAA as Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services, a post he held for six years prior to becoming NOAA Director for HPCC and then NOAA’s first CIO.

He earned a BSEE as a Westinghouse Scholar from the Carnegie Institute of Technology and an MSE in Computer Systems as a Ford Foundation Fellow from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of more than 40 technical papers and reports and has lectured widely at conferences and symposiums. He has received numerous awards, including the Department of Commerce Gold Medal Award and two Presidential Meritorious Rank Awards, and he is listed in Who’s Who in America.

Mr. Pyke is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the ACM, AAAS, Sigma Xi, Eta Kappa Nu, and Omicron Delta Kappa, and is a Fellow of the Washington Academy of Sciences, from which he received the Engineering Science Award.

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January 22, 2010 at 1:15 PM

DorobekInsider: White House names Leeds as GSA’s new acting administrator

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We told you about it first right here last week — and it will be official today — the White House has accepted the resignation of GSA acting administrator Paul Prouty and has designated Stephen R. Leeds as GSA’s new acting administrator pending confirmation of Martha Johnson as the GSA administrator.

Prouty will return home to his family in Denver — he hasn’t been shy about deeply missing his family, which you just have to respect. Prouty will continue to serve as the Regional Commissioner of Public Buildings and he will continue to serve the agency in a senior advisory capacity.

GSA's Stephen Leeds

GSA's Stephen Leeds

Leeds has been serving as Senior Counselor to the Administrator. In that role, he has played an integral role at GSA helping to guide GSA’s Recovery Act programs and to lead GSA’s green efforts as the Senior Sustainability Officer, insiders say.

Prouty is generally given very high marks for his tenure as acting administrator, but there are ongoing concerns within the agency about the lack top political leadership because of the hold by Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) on the nomination of Martha Johnson. Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) has a hold on the Johnson nomination ostensibly about the development of a federal facility in Kansas City.

GSAers are also saying that GSA is also confirming the resignation early next year of deputy administrator Barnaby (Barney) L. Brasseux, who has been serving in that post since September 2008. We hear that administration officials had offered him the opportunity to return to be deputy commissioner at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, a post that will be vacated by Tyree Varnado starting in January, but Brasseux has decided to retire. (Hear our delightful exit interview with Varnado from Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris here.) And we continue to hear that the deputy administrator post will be filled by Susan Brita, who is a staff director on Capitol Hill. Look for an announcement early next year.

FCW’s Matthew Weigelt reports that the Brita announcement was awaiting the Johnson confirmation, but I’m hearing that, with no end in sight to the Johnson fight, they may announce her appointment regardless. But I’m still hearing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid may attempt a cloture vote on Johnson’s nomination — among others.

Here is what Weigelt reported:

Brita currently is staff director for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee. Brita was waiting to make the move to GSA when Johnson was confirmed, but the appointment has stalled since spring 2009. The move is expected to happened despite Senate’s inaction on Johnson’s nomination.

Other changes are likely in the coming months. We’ll stay tuned.

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December 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM

DorobekInsider: More GSA FAS shifts — King to retire, Ghiloni shifts, and FAS SES regional commissioners

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We reported that GSA deputy commissioner Tyree Varnado has announced internally that he will step down on Jan. 3. It ends up he’s not alone. Mary Powers-King, who is acting deputy assistant commissioner for GSA’s Integrated Technology Services and director of GWAC & IT Schedule Programs. Powers-King confirmed that she will retire on Jan. 3.

NextGov’s Gautham Nagesh scored the full announcement.

Powers-King has been a fed for 31 years. She took the post at a time when GWACs and schedule contracts were troubled — and she is widely credited with stabilizing the GSA critical programs..

GSA insiders confirm that Jim Ghiloni, GSA’s Acting Director of the Center for Government-Wide Acquisition Contract (GWAC) Programs at GSA, will join the Office of Assisted Acquisition Services working for Mary Davie.

Meanwhile, there are five new Federal Acquisition Service senior executive service regional commissioners… the note from GSA FAS Commissioner Jim Williams:

On behalf of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and the respective Regional Administrators, I am pleased to announce the selection of the following FAS Regional Commissioners (RCs):

Sharon A. Wall, New England Region (1);
Paul J. McDermott, Northeast and Caribbean Region (2);
Michael A. Tyllas, Great Lakes Region (5);
Timothy O. Horne, Rocky Mountain Region (8); and,
Michael Gelber, Northwest/Arctic Region (10).

Each appointee has extensive business experience, and knowledge and understanding of FAS programs, customers and stakeholders. I am confident they are the right people to lead these Regions into the future.

Sharon Wall and Tim Horne have been serving as Regional Commissioners of their respective regions for several months. Both bring incredible business and government experience, and I am thrilled that they are able to join us as FAS senior executives.

Many of you know Paul McDermott. As National Director for the Office of Assisted Acquisition Services, Paul oversees and provides guidance to the office’s ten Client Support Centers. Prior to this position, Paul was the Mid-Atlantic Region’s Assistant Regional Administrator for the legacy Federal Technology Service. He also has extensive experience in other federal agencies, including 13 years with DoD.

Michael Tyllas joins FAS from the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Program Support Center (PSC). As director of the Administrative Operations Service, a fee-for-service/shared service center, he oversees the delivery of a range of administrative and technical services to HHS and other government agencies, including financial management, information technology support, and strategic acquisitions. I have no doubt that his unique perspectives and experience will serve FAS and Region 5 well.

Michael Gelber, who will be joining us as the new Northwest Arctic Region RC, is presently Region 5’s Public Buildings Service Deputy Regional Commissioner. His diverse 21-year GSA career includes positions as Region 5’s Deputy Regional Administrator, FAS Assistant Regional Administrator, and Assistant Regional Administrator for the legacy Federal Supply Service. I am excited that Michael is rejoining the FAS leadership team.

I sincerely thank Patrick Donovan, Frank Hoeft, Geraldine Watson and James Hamilton for their outstanding leadership and service to FAS. They successfully lead their respective regional organizations during a time of great change, and I know they will continue to serve as outstanding resources to the new RCs.

Our regional programs are the heart of FAS’ operational success, and I look forward to working with each of these executives to build on our legacy of providing service, innovation, and value to our customers, industry partners, and the American taxpayer.

Jim

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December 10, 2009 at 11:04 PM