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GSA's FTS Commissioner Bates to Retire

GSA #10133

January 19, 2005
Contact: Mary Alice Johnson (202) 501-1231
maryalice.johnson@gsa.gov

Washington, D.C. – Commissioner of the U.S. General Service Administration’s (GSA) Federal Technology Service (FTS), Sandra Bates, will be retiring next month.  After 36 years of federal service, Ms. Bates announced her retirement saying, “I’ve given a lot of thought to the future and to the new directions that make sense for me as I look ahead and have made some personal resolutions.” She added, “An important feature of implementing these resolutions is my decision to retire from government service, effective February 11, 2005.”

Ms. Bates began her career in 1969, with GSA’s FTS as an agency liaison in the original government-wide long distance services program, before transferring to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in 1979, where she served for a 15-year tenure that included multiple leadership positions. Ms. Bates returned to GSA in 1996, to take over the reins of GSA’s FTS2000 program where she served as the FTS Assistant Commissioner for Service Delivery until her appointment as Deputy Commissioner of FTS in November 1997.

Ms. Bates has had a distinguished career and has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the American Council for Technology’s 2004 John J. Franke Award in recognition of extraordinary long-term contributions to federal service; the NASA Exceptional Medal; the Fed 100 Award in 1994, 1996, and 1999; and the prestigious Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive which she received in 1999.

GSA Administrator Stephen Perry called Bates, “A dedicated public servant whose counsel and wisdom I will miss.”  He went on to note that, “Sandy was instrumental in the growth and success of the Federal Technology Service.” He added, “Her leadership will be missed not only by us at GSA but by the FTS customers who benefited greatly from the superior service and careful customer attention that Sandy inculcated into FTS as the operating credo for her organization.”

Ms. Bates was appointed FTS Commissioner in March 2000.  Under her guidance, agencies have dramatically increased their reliance upon FTS for a comprehensive range of needs. FTS provided $8.5 billion dollars in service to federal agencies in 2004, including many programs developed under Ms. Bates’ leadership: FTS2001, the Metropolitan Area Acquisition program, Connections, the Professional Services program, and the newly announced Networx that will provide comprehensive, best-value telecommunications and networking services and technology solutions to all federal agencies.

In announcing her retirement, Ms. Bates said she had no specific plans for the immediate future but said, “I’m looking forward to taking time off and seeing what the future brings.”  

GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management and policy agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. GSA acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services. It also plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies. GSA’s 13,000 associates provide services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers in more than 8,000 buildings the government owns and leases in 2,000 U.S. communities.