Special Event

Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 11:30am
A Conversation with GSA's Tom Sharpe and the FAS Leadership Team

This event has reached its capacity. There is no waiting list and we will not able to take any onsite registrations.

AFFIRM is proud to host a conversation with GSA Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Commissioner, Tom Sharpe and his FAS executive team.

The program will start with an introduction and brief remarks from Lesley Field,Deputy Administrator Office of Federal Procurement Policy, OMB followed by remarks from Sharpe on GSA's priorities, the 2014 roadmap, strategies to increase GSA's market share, key opportunities such as OASIS, Cloud Broker, FedRAMP updates, small business and the important role of industry. GovLoop's Chris Dorobek will then moderate a lively "Q/A" session with Sharpe and the FAS leadership team.

In addition, government attendees can register for one of the training sessions being offered following the program.
FAITAS - The Integrated Acquisition Workforce Management System will be offered at 10:00am and 11:00am.
GSA Schedules and Small Business Set-Asides will be offered at 10:00am and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 8.4 vs. Open Market will be offered at 11:00am.

Date and Location:

Thursday, July 18, 2013
7:30am - 10:00am
7:30am - 8:00am: Registration, Networking, and Coffee Service
8:00am - 9:30am: Program
9:30am - 10:00am: Networking and Coffee Service

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Building
Gallery, Lobby Level
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Metro: Farragut West(Orange & Blue)
Parking: Area Garages. See AIA site for more information.
(map and driving directions)


Government Attendees - Complimentary
Industry Attendees - $30.00


Tom Sharpe Thomas A. Sharpe, Jr.

Thomas Sharpe was appointed Commissioner for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, effective February 10, 2013.

In this position, he oversees the delivery of more than $50 billion of products, services and solutions that save taxpayer dollars and enable federal agencies to accomplish their missions as efficiently as possible.

Sharpe has almost 30 years of leadership and business management experience in both public service and the private sector. Before joining GSA, Sharpe served as the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Senior Procurement Executive. In that role, he was responsible for Treasury-wide procurement policy, procurement career management, and oversight and continuous improvement of bureau procurement operations.

Mary Davie Mary Davie

Ms. Davie was appointed acting commissioner for the GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, effective July 30, 2012. In this capacity, she sets strategic direction and oversees the delivery of more than $50 billion of products, services and solutions designed to save taxpayer dollars while helping agencies more efficiently achieve their missions.

Ms. Davie has served as the assistant commissioner for FAS’ Office of Integrated Technology Services, the largest fee-for-service IT procurement and services operation in the U.S. government. There, she led a highly skilled workforce that manages more than 7,000 contracts providing IT and telecommunications products, services and solutions critical to defense and civilian agencies’ success.

Marty Jennings Marty Jennings

Martin (Marty) Jennings was appointed as the Acting Assistant Commissioner, General Supplies and Services for the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) in December 2012. He leads GSA’s acquisition of a wide range of supplies and services used by Federal agencies. Marty is responsible for the management of supply operations, most of the non-information technology multiple award schedules program, and the disposal of Federal personal property, including public auctions. He leads an organization of over 1,100 Government employees and contractors with $23 billion in annual business volume. Previously, he served as Public Building Service (PBS) Regional Commissioner for the Heartland Region where he directed a $318.5M regional public building service program and activities concerning: (1) Property Development (i.e. Design and Construction); (2) Real Property Management and Safety; (3) Real Estate, including real property acquisition, the utilization of excess real property, and the disposal of surplus real property; (4) Contracting, for real property and associated goods and services to assure effective management of the PBS portfolio of owned and leased assets; and (5) Portfolio Management. Prior to Marty’s appointment as PBS Commissioner, he served as the Federal Acquisition Services Regional Commissioner. He managed the Heartland FAS operations with gross sales of $1.4 billion of which, historically, more than 70 percent of contracts awarded have been to small businesses suppliers. Previously, he served as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for General Supplies and Services (GSS) for the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). As Deputy, he also served as the Director of GSS’s Business Management Office (BMO) responsible for leading all Portfolio strategic planning, financial management, business development, systems requirements and analysis support. In addition, he also directed the FAS Emergency Management function working closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this role, he directed efforts focused on developing contingency contracts and logistics solutions to improve the Federal Government’s disaster response capabilities.

Tami Riggs Tami Riggs

Tamela “Tami” L. Riggs serves as the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Customer Accounts and Research in the General Services Administration’s (GSA), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). In this role, which she has held since October 2010, she leads FAS’ research, outreach and account management programs. The Federal Acquisition Service currently delivers more than $50 billion of best-value products, services and solutions to federal customers, allowing them to effectively and efficiently achieve their missions. Through interactions with industry and customers, research and analysis of market trends and collaboration across GSA, the Office of Customer Accounts and Research works to continually strengthen service delivery and enhance solutions offerings.

Prior to this position,she served as the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Acquisition Management in GSA’s Public Buildings Service (PBS). With a focus on strengthening buying power across the organization, she established an Industry Relations Division targeting increased engagement. This organization was responsible for developing and monitoring business tools to support the industry community, managing outreach activities, and enabling PBS to apply business intelligence to the creation of national purchasing strategies. In addition, she reinvigorated support to the acquisition management community; providing policy and guidance on more than $3B in PBS acquisitions.

Bill Sisk Bill Sisk

William Sisk was appointed acting deputy commissioner for the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, effective November 4, 2012.

Since June 2011, Mr. Sisk was the assistant commissioner of General Supplies and Services where he led an organization of over 1,200 government employees and contractors with $23 billion in annual business volume. He was responsible for the acquisition of services and supplies used by federal agencies, the management of supply operations, the non-IT multiple award schedule program and the disposal of federal personal property.

Houston Taylor Houston Taylor

Houston Taylor is Assistant Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service’s Office of Acquisition Management, with full authority and shared responsibility for direction in planning, organizing and managing major functional areas including Acquisition Career Field Management, Policy Implementation, Socio-Economic Programs, Supplier Management, and the Federal Supply Schedules Program. Previously Mr. Taylor served as Director of the Program Analysis Division, where he managed the FAS sustainability program, working in direct support of the General Services Administration’s commitment to providing “green” options for Federal customers while leading the way in environmentally friendly acquisition practices. Mr. Taylor started his career with GSA in the Center for Services Acquisition, where he was responsible for the Financial and Business Solutions Schedule, a program that exceeded one billion dollars in sales under his leadership.

Mr. Taylor brings more than 30 years of procurement and contract management experience to support GSA’s mission. He retired from active duty with the U.S. Air Force in 2000. His assignments included tours in Turkey, the United Kingdom, the Air Force Inspection Agency, and Operation Provide Comfort, where he worked as a contingency contracting officer in southern Turkey and northern Iraq. In his final assignment he worked at the Pentagon for the Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Air Force as the contracting career field manager. Additional highlights of Mr. Taylor’s extensive government career include service as a contracting professional in the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Postal Service.

Lena Trudeau Lena Trudeau

Lena Trudeau is the Associate Commissioner for the Office of Strategic Innovation at GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. The office is charged with fostering innovation and collaboration across FAS to achieve two important goals: increase the value it delivers to customers and save the government money. As part of this effort, she also oversees GSA’s Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative Program Management Office.

Previously, she served as Vice President at the National Academy of Public Administration, where she led the Academy’s service delivery organization and co-founded the Collaboration Project, an independent forum of leaders committed to leveraging collaborative technology to solve government’s most complex problems. In 2010, she was awarded Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 Award in recognition of her work.

Chris Dorobek Chris Dorobek


Chris Dorobek is the founder, editor and publisher of the DorobekINSIDER blog, which is part of GovLoop, the knowledge network for government. Previously, he was the anchor of Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s afternoon drive program and he served as the Internet evangelist of FederalNewsRadio.com. And he served as the editor in chief of Federal Computer Week. In 2010, he was the first working journalist to be recognized with Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Federal 100 Award. His mission can be summed up in five words: Help the government operate better.


Thomas A. Sharpe, Jr., Commissioner

Mary Davie, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Services

Marty Jennings, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of General Supplies and Services

Tami Riggs, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Customer Accounts and Research

Bill Sisk, Acting Deputy Commissioner

Houston Taylor, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Acquisition Management

Lena Trudeau, Associate Commissioner, Office of Strategic Innovation

Introductions: Lesley A. Field, Deputy Administrator Office of Federal Procurement Policy, OMB (invited)
Chris Dorobek, Founder, Editor and publisher of GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER

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