DorobekInsider.com: Many changes at GSA - this week, it’s the regional senior executives

Saturday - 4/25/2009, 12:43pm EDT

gsa-logoI’ve been hearing a lot about changes at GSA — some concrete, and some just discussed. I’ll talk about potential changes later, but… a concrete move from Acting Administrator Paul Prouty Friday. In a memo, Prouty announced a number of changes to GSA’s regional leadership. Earlier, we told you how Prouty decided to change the names of the assistant regional administrators and deputy assistant regional administrators in GSA’s regions to regional commissioners and deputy regional commissioners. This was widely seen as a first step in broader changes.

On Friday, there was another step in a memo from Prouty:

The Deputy Regional Administrator (DRA) role is being eliminated and Senior Executives in these positions are moving into leadership roles within our two business lines—the Federal Acquisition (FAS) and Public Buildings Services (PBS). This is a significant, necessary action to position GSA to meet the challenges ahead with economic recovery work and the Administration’s agenda to improve how Government works.

This memo just came out yesterday, so I’m still trying to ferrit out what it all means, but… your thoughts always welcome, of course.

Here is the full memo:

April 24, 2009

MEMORANDUM FOR ALL EMPLOYEES

FROM: PAUL F. PROUTY
ACTING ADMINISTRATOR (A)

SUBJECT: Regional Senior Executives

Today, we are announcing a number of moves in GSA’s regional leadership. The Deputy Regional Administrator (DRA) role is being eliminated and Senior Executives in these positions are moving into leadership roles within our two business lines—the Federal Acquisition (FAS) and Public Buildings Services (PBS). This is a significant, necessary action to position GSA to meet the challenges ahead with economic recovery work and the Administration’s agenda to improve how Government works.

Effective April 26, 2009, the following Senior Executives will step out of the DRA role and into the following:

• Steve Ruggiero will become the permanent FAS Regional Commissioner (RC) in Region 2. Steve will continue to serve as Acting Regional Administrator RA.

• Jimmy Bridgeman will become the permanent PBS RC in Region 4. Jimmy will continue to serve as Acting RA.

• Michael Brincks will become the permanent FAS RC in Region 6. Mike will continue to serve as Acting RA.

• George Prochaska will become the permanent FAS RC in Region 7. George will continue to serve as Acting RA.

• Greg Porter will become the permanent PBS Principal Deputy RC in Region 9.

• Sharon Banks will become the permanent PBS Principal Deputy RC in Region 11. Sharon will continue to serve as Acting RA.

The DRA positions in Regions 3 and 5 are vacant, and the DRA positions in Regions 1, 8, and 10 are currently held by GS-15 leaders. Tim Horne in Region 8 and Gary Casteel in Region 10 will remain as FAS RCs. Marjorie Samra will serve as a Special Assistant to the PBS RC in Region 1.

Regional General Management & Administration (GM&A) functions that previously reported to the DRA will now report to the Acting RA. Discussions are underway regarding where GM&A functions can best be performed. Once a decision is made and the necessary stakeholder notifications are completed and union obligations are met, GM&A functions will be realigned within the Regions.

I want to thank all of the DRAs for their significant contributions to this agency and thank them for agreeing to undertake these new roles.

This is an exciting and challenging time for GSA. We will continue to position the agency to better serve our customers as we all help our country during this dynamic time.