The federal government’s acquisition expert is leaving

Alan Thomas, the commissioner of the General Service Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, announced he is leaving his position.

After more than two years with the agency, Thomas made the announcement Oct. 2 in an email to staff that highlighted several accomplishments of the FAS over the last few years. He noted GSA’s effort in the Federal Marketplace Strategy to modernize federal buying and selling, consolidation of its fleet and a stronger working relationship with the Defense Logistics Agency.

“We did all this together, acting as an enterprise and remaining consistent with my core values of honesty, courage, graciousness and respect,” Thomas wrote.

In an Oct. 2 email to staff obtained by the Federal Times, General Services Administrator Emily Murphy announced that Thomas was leaving to join private industry. Federal News Network was the first to report Thomas’ resignation.

“I am very grateful to Alan for his commitment to our mission and the accomplishments achieved by the FAS team during his time here,” Murphy wrote.

The announcement came just one day after the GSA had announced that the consolidation of 24 award schedules into a single schedule.

“This last accomplishment led to yesterday’s release of a single solicitation,” Murphy wrote. “These initiatives have provided a solid foundation for significant, positive change in the federal procurement space, and are just a few of the successes achieved during the past two years.”

Murphy wrote in her announcement that GSA Senior Advisor Julie Dunne will be the acting FAS commissioner starting Oct. 15. Dunne joined the agency in May and most recently served as staff director on the Government Operations Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Capitol Hill.

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