How does the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) push efficient and effective IT buying practices through category management? What is FAS doing to help agencies make the best acquisition decisions? How is GSA transforming the way professional services are acquired? Join host Michael Keegan next week as he explores these questions and more with Tiffany Hixson, Regional Commissioner Northwest/Arctic, Federal Acquisition Service within U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

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What are the strategic priorities for GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service? How has category management benefited federal acquisition? What is the Making it Easier (MIE) initiative? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these and so much more with Kevin Youel Page, Deputy Commissioner, Federal Acquisition Service, at GSA.

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A Conversation with Chris Hamm

September 14, 2015

What is the mission of GSA’s FEDSIM? What are its strategic priorities? How does FEDSIM work with federal agencies? Join host Michael Keegan and he explores these questions and more with Chris Hamm, Director, Federal Systems Integration & Management Center (FEDSIM).

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What are the strategic priorities for the GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service? What is category management and how does it benefit federal acquisition? How is FAS fully leveraging the government’s buying power and saving taxpayer dollars? Join host Michael Keegan as he explores these questions and much more with Thomas Sharpe, Commissioner, GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

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As PBS Commissioner, Dr. Robyn leads one of the largest and most diversified public real estate organizations in the world.  The Public Buildings Service is responsible for providing superior workplaces for federal customer agencies at good value for the American taxpayer.

Dr. Robyn manages the nationwide asset management, design, construction, leasing, building management and disposal of approximately 375 million square feet of government-owned and leased space, accommodating over 1 million federal workers, and covering all 50 states, six U.S. territories and the District of Columbia. Additionally, Dr. Robyn oversees an annual budget of more than $9.4 billion and a workforce of almost 6,800.

Immediately prior to joining GSA, Dr. Robyn served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment at the Department of Defense. At DoD, she was the senior real property officer and provided department-wide oversight of US military bases around the world. These assets are valued at $850 billion and include 29 million acres of land, 300,000 buildings, and 2.2 billion square feet of building space.  Dr. Robyn led DoD’s facility energy initiative, which is designed to reduce the Department’s $4 billion-a-year facility energy bill and improve the energy security of military bases that are largely dependent on the commercial electric power grid. She also oversaw the final implementation of the 2005 round of base realignment and closure (BRAC), the largest BRAC round undertaken by DoD, and she led DoD’s effort to get additional BRAC rounds in 2013 and 2015.

From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Robyn served as Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and a senior staff member of the White House National Economic Council. She was responsible for issues in transportation and infrastructure, aerospace and defense, science and technology, and competition policy. Before she joined the DoD in 2009, she was a principal with The Brattle Group, an economic consulting firm that specializes in competition and antitrust, energy and the environment.  In the 1980s, Dr. Robyn was an assistant professor at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she taught management and business-government policy.

She is co-author (with William Baumol) of Toward an Evolutionary Regime for Spectrum Governance: Licensing or Unrestricted Entry? (Brookings Press, 2006) and author of Braking the Special Interests: Trucking Deregulation and the Politics of Policy Reform (University of Chicago Press, 1987).

Dr. Robyn holds a B.A. from Southern Illinois University and a Ph.D. and M.P.P. in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a native of St. Louis, Missouri.

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Steven J. Kempf was appointed Commissioner for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, effective July 10, 2010. In this capacity, he sets strategic direction and oversees the delivery of over $50 billion of best-value products, services and solutions to federal customers, allowing them to effectively and efficiently achieve their missions. He also held this position in an acting capacity from April through June 2010, and was the Deputy Commissioner prior to that.

Kempf has held multiple leadership positions throughout FAS and its predecessor organizations. He served as the Acting FAS Deputy Commissioner from October 2008 through January 2009. In February 2008, he was named Assistant Commissioner for the FAS Office of Acquisition Management where he was responsible for overall acquisition policy planning and coordination. Some of the programs under his leadership included the Multiple Award Schedules Program, environmentally sustainable acquisition practices, the acquisition workforce, and supplier management. He also established the Multiple Award Schedules Program Office and worked to make FAS a leader in government green initiatives.

Previously, Kempf served as Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services where he oversaw FAS’ delivery of IT solutions including Schedule 70, governmentwide acquisition contracts and the Network Services program. He was instrumental in creating the FAS Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 (HSPD-12) Program Management Office, designed to standardize and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the government’s personnel credentialing efforts.

In January 2000, Kempf joined the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center, which provides project, acquisition and financial management services to help federal agencies implement complex and large-scale IT initiatives. He held a variety of positions, eventually serving as Director of Operations where he managed daily operations of the $1 billion organization.

Kempf began his GSA career in 1992 as an intern for the Office of Technology Assistance. In 1996, he moved to GSA’s regional program in California where he was the technical chairperson for ANSWER, GSA’s first governmentwide acquisition contract. He also managed projects for a variety of clients in the Monterey, CA, area.

Kempf is a member of the Senior Executive Service. In recognition for his work on the HSPD-12 Program Office, in 2008 he received Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 award.

Kempf holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and a law degree and Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

 

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Ms. Casey Coleman is the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

As CIO she is responsible for managing the agency’s $600 million IT budget and ensuring alignment with agency and administration strategic objectives, information security, and enterprise architecture.

During her tenure, Ms. Coleman implemented an agency-wide infrastructure consolidation and standardization program that resulted in significant cost-savings and improvements to security and performance.

Ms. Coleman is active in the Federal IT community and currently serves as the 2009-2010 President of AFFIRM (Association for Federal Information Resources Management). Ms. Coleman encourages the use of social media to improve service and operations of the Federal Government and writes a blog titled Around the Corner.

Ms. Coleman has served in several other leadership roles at GSA, including CIO for the GSA Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) and Federal Technology Service (FTS). Prior to GSA she served in consulting, sales, and management roles at several technology startups. She began her career at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

She has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Texas A&M University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is the recipient of the public sector MIT Sloan CIO Symposium 2010 Award for Leadership in Innovation, along with being a two-time Fed 100 award winner.

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