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GSA technology leader to leave for private sector

After nearly one year helming major IT initiatives at the General Services Administration, Federal Acquisition Service Deputy Commissioner and Director of Technology Transformation Services Joanne Collins Smee will be leaving for a private sector position, the agency announced August 2.

“It has been an honor to serve in government, and I am so pleased at the enormous progress that GSA has made in modernizing government IT in such a short time,” Collins Smee said in an agency press release.

Collins Smee led the administration’s Centers of Excellence program with the Department of Agriculture, which recently began work on its second, implementation phase. This places her departure at a pivotal time for the program.

“I am incredibly thankful for Joanne’s tremendous accomplishments during her time at GSA,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy. “In just one year, Joanne has turned the Centers of Excellence into one of the most highly regarded IT modernization initiatives in the federal government and helped deliver results for USDA and America’s farmers, ranchers and producers. Additionally, she has implemented lasting and positive change in helping guide the seamless merger of TTS within FAS.”

Collins Smee joined GSA in September 2017 and was named to her current position in December. Prior to her government work, she spent over a decade at IBM.

“Joanne Collins Smee has helped create the foundation for long-lasting change in the federal government,” said Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner. “The Centers of Excellence will deliver benefits to the American people for many years ahead. The administration continues to prioritize this important work and looks forward to building on the foundation that Joanne helped construct.”

Collins Smee will continue her work in the federal government until the end of August. An agency spokesperson told Federal Times that an acting TTS director to take over from Collins Smee has not been announced at this time.

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