Williams honored with Franke award

Monday - 5/24/2010, 6:55am EDT

Jim Williams, Franke award winner, talking with WFED's Tom Temin

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By Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

PHILADELPHIA -- Jim Williams received many awards and honors during his 30-plus year career in the federal government. But few have topped the one he won Sunday night at the 30th annual Management of Change conference.

Williams joins a small, but growing list of long-time feds by receiving the John. J. Franke award recognizing individuals for promoting the collaboration between industry and government.

"I am terrifically honored to win this award," Williams says during his acceptance speech at the opening evening of conference. "I had no idea. I am very honored to be a member of this community."

He also spoke with Federal News Radio's own Tom Temin after getting the award, and looked back at his more than 30 years of government experience.

Williams retired as the commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service in April. During his career, he also served as the director of procurement at the IRS and the program manager of the U.S. Visit program at the Homeland Security Department.

"The goal is to make this government and the country better through these partnerships," Williams says.

Williams joins other former feds including Karen Evans, the one-time Office of Management and Budget's administrator for e-government and IT, Sandy Bates, the former commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service, John Johnson, the former GSA assistant commissioner for the Integrated Technology Service, Dave Wennergren, the Defense Department's deputy CIO and several others.

Franke, a former senior government official with the Agriculture Department, was recognized as exemplifying the best of government service, for his commitment to the public good, his belief in the goodness and value of all people and his support of partnerships and collaboration.

He served as an assistant secretary for management at USDA under President Ronald Reagan, where he helped establish the National Finance Center. He later became the first Director of the Federal Quality Institute before he succumbed to cancer in 1991.

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