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Federal Acquisition Service Head: Agency Must Modernize to Meet Challenges

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FAS Commissioner Steve Kempf, Photo: gsa.gov

Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Steve Kempf said the procurement arm of the General Services Administration must modernize to meet the government’s challenges.

In an interview with Federal News Radio, Kempf, who took over a year ago, said the agency has seen an infusion of new personnel — about 200 employees in three months.

“We have a lot new people, we’ve got some new regional commissioners but I will say this, they’re great people who are really starting to work together well and I am really looking forward to some really great results from this team,” he said.

Kempf name-dropped both cloud computing and digitization as two methods of achieving FAS’ desired modernization.

He said FAS is working on cloud efforts, such as infrastructure-as-a-service, software-as-a-service and an e-mail contract through its schedules program, Federal News Radio reported.

“It’s really looking at how could we provide some value add to what is already existing on the schedules program already,” Kempf explained.

With infrastructure-as-a-service, he said, the question FAS needs to answer is: “Can we align the service offerings from the commercial vendors in a way that the government wants to buy it in order to meet its cloud computing objectives,” he said.

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