Thomas Sharpe, the Treasury Department’s senior procurement executive, has been tapped to be the new commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service.
As FAS commissioner, Sharpe will oversee GSA’s $55 billion government procurement operation.
GSA began looking for a new commissioner in September after former commissioner Steve Kempf took medical leave in July.
FAS was among several GSA agencies that came under fire this year for excessive conference spending. According to the GSA inspector general, FAS spent $268,732 on a Nov. 17, 2010, one-day performance awards ceremony. The event included $20,578 for 4,000 drumsticks for a drum-playing exercise, $28,364 for 4,000 picture frames that included digital displays telling the time and temperature, and $7,697 for a reception that included a guitarist and violinist.
Marie Davie — who was appointed acting FAS commissioner after Kempf left— will return to her role as assistant commissioner of integrated technology services at GSA.
In addition to his work at Treasury, Sharpe also has consulted for IBM Business Consulting Services and held posts at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Defense Department.