Jim Williams, former acting GSA administrator and partner at Schambach & Williams Consulting, discusses how the General Services Administration was a newsmaker in 2018, and how the EIS awards could become one 2019’s top stories.
From the unveiling of the President’s Management Agenda to the IT Modernization Centers of Excellence, some of this year’s biggest federal news came from the General Services Administration. Jim Williams, former acting GSA administrator and partner at Schambach & Williams Consulting, says his top story was the movement of Office of Personnel Management functions to the agency. “I think a big thing is the move to bring GSA and OPM together. Which I think is a great move, we used to talk about GSA, OPM, and OMB as the iron triangle, but it moves us a little bit closer to having a cabinet level management agency. I think combining those functions is a great thing…” Williams said. “I think other things, they have the big EIS, Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions awards, and now they’ve done an extension but they have also given the agency some interim deadlines which are going to be tough to meet.”