GSA's Burke to Head FAS Travel, Transportation Office
August 31, 2007
Contact: Deborah Ruiz, (202) 501-1231
Washington – The Federal Acquisition Service today named Timothy J. Burke as the first Director of its Office of Travel and Transportation Services, a critically important Senior Executive Service position on FAS Commissioner James A. Williams’ leadership team. The position became effective Aug. 19, 2007. The Federal Acquisition Service is the procurement arm of the U.S. General Services Administration.
“Tim is highly regarded in his field and in government and I am thrilled that GSA will have the benefit of his experience and expertise in this important position,” said Commissioner Williams.
In his role as director, Mr. Burke will oversee the procurement and delivery of approximately $1.5 billion in travel and transportation services for federal agencies. Mr. Burke has been acting in this position, in addition to maintaining two other executive positions, since January 2007. His other acting positions included assistant commissioner for the Office of Travel and Transportation as well as assistant commissioner for the Travel, Transportation, Motor Vehicles and Card Services, both within FAS. He also served as the executive program manager for E-Gov Travel during this time.
In addition, he was instrumental in launching a Federal Advisory Committee Act board to review per diem and lodging costs. He also served as a board member. In 2001, Mr. Burke was named the E-Gov Travel Program Manager, a responsibility he has held for the last six years.
Mr. Burke has more than 25 years of executive experience in the travel and transportation sector. Prior to joining GSA in 2001 as Director of Travel Management Policy within the Office of Governmentwide Policy, he served at the Department of Transportation as director of federal travel for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer.
Named as one of the "Federal 100" in 2003 by Federal Computer Week, Mr. Burke also received the Industry Advisory Council’s Excellence.gov Award in 2005. He received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Central Michigan University in 1977.
Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government. GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 205,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.
Did You Know? From planning and authorization to reimbursement, GSA offers all travel program services at a substantially lower cost to the taxpayer.