The top two officials at the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service are leaving the agency. Government Matters has learned that FAS Commissioner Tom Sharpe and Deputy FAS Commissioner Kevin Youel Page have resigned, effective June 24. Last week, GSA announced the Technology Transformation Service is moving into FAS, and that the role of FAS Commissioner would become a political role. Alan Thomas has been named by GSA as the new commissioner of FAS. In an email to staff obtained by Government Matters, Sharpe said he is retiring from federal service to “pursue other opportunities.” Sharpe has served as FAS commissioner since 2012. “In fact, there is one more thing I want to do in my career,” Sharpe wrote in his departure memo. “And now I plan to go do it!” Page became deputy commissioner of FAS in November 2014. He served in various roles at GSA and the Treasury Department before coming to FAS. In an email to staff, Youel Page wrote, “Since joining FAS in 2011 as Mary Davie’s deputy, I have benefitted greatly from your wisdom in how best to get focused and positioned around a big idea: catalyzing actions to behave as one federal enterprise.” Both Sharpe and Page cited improved relationships with agency customers and industry partners as prized achievements during their tenures. Sharpe commended his FAS colleagues for, among other things, increasing “our customer, supplier, and employee satisfaction.” Page told his fellow FAS employees they ”engaged ourselves, customers and industry in new and exciting ways of meeting mission, and are learning fast how to improve.” Page also mentioned shared services and category management as important achievements over the past five years. Both Sharpe’s and Page’s resignations are effective June 24. Thomas’s start date has not yet been made public.
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