DorobekInsider: GSA’s Johnson press release is out… and O’Hare as successor?

Monday - 3/30/2009, 11:25am EDT

We’ve been telling you that GSA’s John Johnson was going to announce that he will retire from government in May after 33 years of public service.

The GSA press release is now out:

John Johnson

John Johnson

GSA’s Johnson Announces Retirement Plans

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) announced today that John C. Johnson, Assistant Commissioner for the Integrated Technology Services (ITS), will retire on May 2, 2009 after 33 years of distinguished federal service.

“John’s leadership and deep industry knowledge have been critical to GSA’s ability to respond and adapt to customers’ rapidly changing information technology (IT) needs,” said GSA Acting Administrator PaulProuty. “He will be missed.”

As Assistant Commissioner of ITS, Johnson oversaw the largest “fee for service” IT procurement and services operation in the U.S. government. During Johnson’s tenure, the ITS portfolio grew rapidly to include the IT schedule 70, network services, ITgovernmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs), and trusted Internet connections (TIC) programs.

Johnson also led the development and award of some of the government’s most crucial information technology and telecommunications contracts, including:Networx enterprise and Networx universal, Alliant, Alliant small business, and the Veterans’ governmentwide acquisition contract (VETS-GWAC).

“John’s commitment to ensuring the federal government has access to cutting edge technology has been critical to securing our nation’s IT infrastructure at the best value possible,” saidFAS Commissioner Jim Williams. “His work will pay dividends to the federal government and the American taxpayer for years to come.”

A recognized leader in the data center optimization, cloud computing, and green IT fields, Johnson spearheaded the development of the ITS energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management tool that will help GSA and government customers evaluate and reduce their carbon footprints.

Prior to joining GSA, Johnson had an active tour in the U.S. Navy, and served as a civilian employee at the Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 1994, he co-led the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) strategy analysis team that identified the Department of Defense’s Defense Information System Network (DISN).

Johnson is a recipient of the Association for Federal Information Resource Management’s (AFFIRM) Leadership Award for Acquisition and Procurement, the 2007 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service, and the 2007 Government Computer News Civilian Executive of the Year award.

There is also a lot of quick speculation about who might follow Johnson. One name coming up early is Ed O’Hare, who GSA FAS chief information officer. O’Hare is widely respected. He helped GSA’s efforts with the transition team and has a long time association with GSA.