Role shifts for some GSA acquisition executives

Monday - 8/25/2014, 4:56am EDT

Look out for some familiar faces in new positions in the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service.

Donna Jenkins is moving over to become the assistant commissioner for the Office of Acquisition Management from her role as director of the Federal Acquisition Institute. She'll replace Houston Taylor, who's putting on a new hat as the assistant commissioner for the Office of Customer Accounts and Research.

Tom Sharpe, FAS commissioner, announced the seat shuffling takes effect Aug. 24 in a memo to staff, which Federal News Radio obtained.

Sharpe said Taylor "will focus on enhancing the agency's work to communicate and share our value proposition with customers, the collection and use of customer data and our customer relationship and account management functions."

Jenkins has led FAI for about four years and previously served as the director of DHS' acquisition workforce.

Sharpe said Jenkins will "focus on improving and expanding GSA's relationships in our supplier community, modernizing and streamlining the Multiple Award Schedules program and providing training to our GSA workforce, agency customers and industry partners. She will also work on improving the quality of FAS contracts and strengthening our procurement controls across the agency."

Additionally, Bill Sisk, FAS deputy commissioner, will take on a second hat and serve as the acting assistant commissioner for Office of Travel, Motor Vehicle, and Card Services. Bill Toth had been acting since Bill Webster retired in June.

There were a few other noteworthy changes among agency executives.

Tom Bayer, the Securities and Exchange Commission's chief information officer, announced he's leaving government in October.

Bayer said after four years it was time for a new challenge and time to bring in someone new to take the SEC IT to the next level.

"I thought it was good time to leave, as much of what I laid out from an enterprise architecture program and the SEC's working smarter program has been executed," Bayer said in an interview with Federal News Radio. "I feel really good about our progress. We saved $18.8 million last year in IT costs, and we've given our workforce more capabilities. I think that it's good to renew the CIO position after a period of years."

Bayer said he would expect deputy CIO Pam Dyson to step into the acting role when he departs in October.

He said he hasn't started looking for a new job yet because of SEC conflict of interest rules.

Over at the Department of Health and Human Services, Kevin Charest left his position as the chief information security officer in May. Charest spent about seven years in government, including the last 20 months as the HHS CISO.

Charest now is the senior director of IT threat management in the Information Risk Management group for the UnitedHealth Group, according to his LinkedIn page.

During his time at HHS, Charest focused on improving HHS cybersecurity, in part, by using big data. He said in September that the creation of a security operations center (SOC) as a central coordination place to bring together threat data from across the agency is making a big difference.

This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature. Read more from this edition of Jason's Notebook.