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Kelly Olson Named Acting Director of GSA’s Tech Acquisition Arm

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Kelly Olson, chief of the General Service Administration’s Technology Transformation Service, has been chosen to serve as the organization’s acting director, FedScoop reported Wednesday.

The more than 20-year government sector veteran will succeed Joanne Collins Smee, who will leave TTS in late August.

Olson started working in the GSA as its director of strategic initiatives from 2010 to 2014, then director of innovation portfolio from 2015 to 2018.

Prior to joining the agency, she also held leadership roles with Atlantic Media, Connelly Works, American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council and Professional and Scientific Associates.

Olson’s appointment comes as the GSA’s technology acquisition arm begins implementing several modernization programs, including the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence which operates within the Department of Agriculture.

The CoE recently sought proposals for cloud adoption, IT infrastructure optimization and data and analytics for the second phase of USDA’s IT modernization initiative.