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GSAs Wagner Announces Plans to Retire

GSA #10309

January 8, 2007
Contact: Jon Anderson (202) 501-1231

Washington, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service announced today that Deputy Commissioner G. Martin Wagner will retire at the end of this month after 31 years of federal government service. A successor will be named at a later date.

“Marty will be greatly missed” said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan.  “His leadership and experience were invaluable assets in helping us establish the Federal Acquisition Service.” 

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Jim Williams noted, “As FAS has been stood up, Marty has been central to successfully engaging our customer agencies, industry contractors, Congressional committees and the entire FAS team.” 

As Deputy Commissioner at FAS, Wagner oversaw acquisition of more than $50 billion in products and services for federal agencies, and managed a workforce of more than 4,000 responsible for information technology services, all major federal telecommunications contracts, and managing 200,000 motor vehicles. Programs also included disaster relief for hurricane victims, equipment for the U.S. armed forces, Federal traveler services and charge cards.

Prior to being named Deputy Commissioner at FAS, Wagner served as Acting FAS Commissioner.  Prior to that, he was Associate Administrator for GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy from 1995 to 2005, developing and implementing policies for electronic Government and information technology, acquisition, and managing real and personal property.  He promoted using commercial contracts and approaches, and implementing performance measures as well as initiating FedbizOpps, the federal procurements gateway.  He also established federal contracts for smart identification cards and electronic signatures, and co-chaired the first federal interagency electronic commerce effort.

From 1990 to 1995, Wagner served as GSA’s senior manager for information technology and telecommunications.  Earlier, he directed telecommunications at the U.S. Department of the Treasury and evaluated telecommunications issues at the Office of Management and Budget. He also evaluated the economic impact of regulations at the Environmental Protection Agency and consulted on economic and technological issues for the space program.

During his career, Wagner received both Meritorious and Distinguished Presidential Rank Awards.

Wagner and his wife, Elizabeth Cotsworth, plan to remain in the Washington, DC metro area.


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 170,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and e-travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know?  FAS annual sales of $56 billion account for more than one-sixth of the entire federal procurement budget.  FAS manages acquisition programs that include information technology, telecommunications, furniture, tools, office products and supply items, and all travel, motor vehicles and credit card services.

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