Two longtime employees of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service and two FAS teams were recently honored by the Coalition for Government Procurement (CGP). Speaking at the 2015 Excellence in Partnership gala awards dinner in Washington, DC, CGP President Roger Waldron said the GSA honorees “represent the best in public service and have demonstrated a devotion to common sense in acquisition.”
Geraldine Watson, GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service R10 Deputy Regional Commissioner, and Kay Ely, FAS Director of IT schedule programs, were given CGP’s Lifetime Acquisition Excellence award for their “longtime commitment to improving the federal acquisition system.”
Gerri was honored for her continuing contributions in the modernization of GSA’s services schedules and new acquisition initiatives. During her more than 35 years of government service, Gerri has managed contract administration for a wide range of supplies and services, first on behalf of the Naval Supply Center and then at GSA, where she was responsible for both the contracting and business management associated with all the assigned schedules. As director of GSA’s former Management Services Center, she led the expansion of these schedules and saw sales grow from $1 billion in 2001 to $10 billion in 2010. Gerri most recently has been instrumental in the transition of the Management Services Center into the hub for all Professional Services managed by GSA.
Kay was honored for her lifetime commitment to Acquisition Excellence and serving her customers. From her early days at DoD as a Contract Specialist and a Contracting Officer at IRS to leading a team at OMB focused on implementation of government wide acquisition reform, she has worked hard to improve the business of government.
GSA’s FAS Alliant 2 Unrestricted and Alliant 2 Small Business Team was selected as the 2015 “Myth-busters” awardee for their transparent, collaborative, and interactive work with both federal agencies and industry. Since January 2014, the Alliant 2 team has been performing market research in the pre-planning phase of these acquisitions, including establishing an Interact Community, posting the business case on the OMB MAX website, establishing customer and industry working groups, conducting industry days, and issuing two separate draft Request for Proposals and seven separate Requests for Information on Federal Business Opportunities.
Also honored was the FAS Professional Services Category Management Team, who received a Government Savings “Special Achievement” Award. The team consolidated eight stand alone Professional Services Schedules into a one providing access to the same professional services that GSA has always offered but in one easier to use single contract vehicle. Additionally, for both industry and GSA, the new single PSS eliminates the workload previously associated with negotiating, administering, and auditing multiple contracts, as well as significant contract duplication.
“I congratulate these individuals and teams honored by CGP!” said FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe. “Their commitment to constantly improving the federal acquisition marketplace is unwavering and I am honored they are part of the GSA team and recognized by our industry partners for the work they do saving taxpayer dollars.”
The CGP is a national trade association representing commercial contractors in the federal market.