President Bush Appoints NCMA Member James A. Williams as Acting Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration

September 4, 2008

Contact: Correen Dingle

ASHBURN, Va. and Washington, DC – September 4, 2008 – The National Contract Management Association (NCMA) is proud to recognize the appointment of James A. Williams as Acting Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

“Jim Williams has been an active member of NCMA, serving as a subject matter expert on strategic planning, performance management, and best value technology,” said Steve Ayers, NCMA President. “We recognize his contributions to the profession and wish him continued success in his new position.”

Williams moved in as acting head of GSA this week after an important stint as Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). Williams, named FAS Commissioner in June 2006, moved quickly to fully stand up the new organization, win new business, and re-energize GSA’s commitment to customer service. He is currently in his third tour of duty at GSA.
Before leading FAS, Williams in 2003 served as the first Director of the U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Former DHS Secretary Tom Ridge introduced Williams at his Senate confirmation hearing, calling the new GSA head “a capable and dedicated public servant … who gets the job done, even when up against tremendous odds.”

Earlier in his career, Williams served as GSA’s Director of the Local Telecommunications Procurement Division, where he was responsible for all nationwide local telecommunications purchases.

Previously, Williams served in several executive leadership positions at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). In January 2001, the IRS Commissioner asked him to become Deputy Associate Commissioner for Program Management in the Business Systems Modernization Office (BSMO). Before his appointment to BSMO, Williams was Director of Procurement at the IRS.

A native of Virginia, Williams holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master's in Business Administration from The George Washington University with a concentration in Procurement and Contracting. He first joined NCMA as a member in 1981.

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