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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.

Written by cdorobek

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

Written by cdorobek

December 10, 2009 at 11:04 PM

DorobekInsider: GSA’s Tyree Varnado to retire

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Tyree Varnado, the deputy commission for the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, told FAS employees that he is retiring from GSA and government services after more than 35 39 years, Federal News Radio has confirmed.

His last day will be Jan. 3.

Varnado is a long time GSA employee — and is well respected within both GSA and the acquisition community. As the DorobekInsider reported first, he served as the acting commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service when Jim Williams was tapped to serve as the acting administrator.

Since 2002, Varnado has been the Assistant Regional Administrator (ARA) for FAS’ Greater Southwest Region, where he managed the region’s FAS operations. These include the Central Fleet Program, Marketing, and Property Management within the Greater Southwest and Rocky Mountain Regions, as well as several significant and unique programs: the Greater Southwest Acquisition Center, the Southwest Supply Center, the Information Technology Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) Center, and the Fleet Payment Processing Center.

Some resources from Federal News Radio 1500 AM:

* From October 2008, after Varnado became the acting administrator, he was on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris. Hear that conversation here.

* February 3, 2009: Federal News Radio’s Off the Shelf with Larry Allen talks to Varnado.

* January 17, 2009: Federal News Radio: Acquisition oversight to shift to vendors

* January 17, 2009: Federal News Radio: GSA schedules expecting growth spurt

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December 10, 2009 at 1:54 PM

DorobekInsider: GSA’s Mike Sade, formerly with Commerce, quietly retires

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Mike Sade, who has served in several posts in the General Services Administration Federal Acquisition Service’s Integrated Technology Service, has quietly left government after 27 years. His last day at GSA was Friday. Before joining GSA, Sade worked at the Commerce Department.

His note sent to friends last week:

I will be leaving government service at the end of this week. I have had a wonderful experience working for the federal goverment for over 27 years.

I have an opportunity to take several months off to help with [family issues] and think about what I want to do in the next chapter of my life.

It has been wonderful learning from and working with all of you and I hope we will stay in touch…

Michael S. Sade
Integrated Technology Service
FAS, GSA

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September 9, 2009 at 2:36 PM

GSA’s John Johnson announces his new gig… on Twitter

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We’ve been telling you about GSA’s John Johnson’s retirement … This morning, he announced his new gig — on Twitter, no less, with this post.

As I plan for my departure from GSA after 34 years of government service, I have accepted an offer as Partner, Deep Water Point Consulting!

Congratulations to Johnson and Deep Water Point Consulting.

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April 8, 2009 at 11:15 AM

DorobekInsider: GSA’s Johnson press release is out… and O’Hare as successor?

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We’ve been telling you that GSA’s John Johnson was going to announce that he will retire from government in May after 33 years of public service.

The GSA press release is now out:

John Johnson

John Johnson

GSA’s Johnson Announces Retirement Plans

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) announced today that John C. Johnson, Assistant Commissioner for the Integrated Technology Services (ITS), will retire on May 2, 2009 after 33 years of distinguished federal service.

“John’s leadership and deep industry knowledge have been critical to GSA’s ability to respond and adapt to customers’ rapidly changing information technology (IT) needs,” said GSA Acting Administrator PaulProuty. “He will be missed.”

As Assistant Commissioner of ITS, Johnson oversaw the largest “fee for service” IT procurement and services operation in the U.S. government. During Johnson’s tenure, the ITS portfolio grew rapidly to include the IT schedule 70, network services, ITgovernmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs), and trusted Internet connections (TIC) programs.

Johnson also led the development and award of some of the government’s most crucial information technology and telecommunications contracts, including:Networx enterprise and Networx universal, Alliant, Alliant small business, and the Veterans’ governmentwide acquisition contract (VETS-GWAC).

“John’s commitment to ensuring the federal government has access to cutting edge technology has been critical to securing our nation’s IT infrastructure at the best value possible,” saidFAS Commissioner Jim Williams. “His work will pay dividends to the federal government and the American taxpayer for years to come.”

A recognized leader in the data center optimization, cloud computing, and green IT fields, Johnson spearheaded the development of the ITS energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management tool that will help GSA and government customers evaluate and reduce their carbon footprints.

Prior to joining GSA, Johnson had an active tour in the U.S. Navy, and served as a civilian employee at the Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 1994, he co-led the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) strategy analysis team that identified the Department of Defense’s Defense Information System Network (DISN).

Johnson is a recipient of the Association for Federal Information Resource Management’s (AFFIRM) Leadership Award for Acquisition and Procurement, the 2007 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service, and the 2007 Government Computer News Civilian Executive of the Year award.

There is also a lot of quick speculation about who might follow Johnson. One name coming up early is Ed O’Hare, who GSA FAS chief information officer. O’Hare is widely respected. He helped GSA’s efforts with the transition team and has a long time association with GSA.

Written by cdorobek

March 30, 2009 at 10:25 AM