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FSS Commissioner Frank Pugliese Retires to Lead Private Business

GSA # 9716

August 3, 2000
Contact: Hap Connors or Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231
hap.connors@gsa.gov; eleni.martin@gsa.gov


WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that Federal Supply Service (FSS) Commissioner Frank P. Pugliese Jr. is retiring, after 28 years with GSA, to become President and CEO of a private firm. The firm will make the announcement in the next few days.

"Frank has been a terrific commissioner during some very challenging times," said GSA Administrator David J. Barram. "He has brought us strategic leadership and has proven abilities in producing business results. We're all going to miss Frank's passionate leadership. I know I will and I wish him the very best in his future endeavors. I am sure he will bring the same energy and enthusiasm to his new company as he has brought to GSA for more than a quarter of a century."

Mr. Pugliese, who was appointed commissioner in 1994, has led his organization through a period of unprecedented growth and reinvention. While FSS employment levels have dropped 25 percent, FSS today supplies more goods and services than ever before.

FSS employs 3,400 people in the business of supplying more than $20 billion annually in goods and services to Federal departments and agencies worldwide. In addition to directing extensive procurement and distribution operations, he manages a worldwide fleet of 170,000 vehicles, travel and transportation services and the reutilization and sale of surplus personal property for military and civilian agencies.

Among the many awards Mr. Pugliese has received are the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award for 1995, and the "Common Sense in Government Award," presented for the first time to an executive agency official by the Coalition for Government Procurement, in 1996. In 1996, FSS received the Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Innovative Technology in the Workplace. This year, FSS received the CIO Magazine Web Business 50/50 Award as one of the Top 50 Internet sites in the United States. FSS was also included in the 2000 Computerworld Smithsonian Collection for its state-of the-art electronic ordering system, GSA Advantage!�

President Clinton presented Mr. Pugliese with a Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Executive in 1999. He received GSA's Distinguished Service Award in 1998, and in 1997 Government Computer News selected him as "Government Executive of the Year" for information technology.

Mr. Pugliese is a graduate of Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J., where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He earned an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts at Union College, Cranford, N.J.