GSA names new procurement chief

January 23, 2013

The General Services Administration on Tuesday named former Treasury Department executive Thomas Sharpe as head of its acquisition division.

The former Treasury procurement officer will oversee more than $55 billion in acquisitions as commissioner of the GSA’s Federal Acquisition Services. He brings 30 years of experience in the private and public sector, according to a news release from the agency.

The GSA’s mission is to help manage and support the basic functioning of federal agencies, largely focusing on cost-efficiency with transportation and office space.

The reputation of the agency became tarnished last year when the Washington Post uncovered details of lavish spending at a GSA conference in Las Vegas, which seemed to violate the principles of the agency.

Thomas Sharpe

GSA acting director Dan Tangherlini described Sharpe’s hire in the agency’s news release as another step toward “refocusing on our mission and giving the American people the kind of efficient and effective service they deserve.”

Sharpe worked as a principal with IBM’s business-consulting division before joining the Treasury Department, where he became the senior procurement executive. He held similar leadership positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Defense.

Tangherlini said the GSA’s new acquisitions chief is “uniquely qualified to help GSA better serve all of our partners.”

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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