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David Drabkin Named GSAs Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer

GSA # 10440

January 11, 2008      
Contact: Dirk Fillpot, (202) 501-2699
dirk.fillpot@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON – U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Lurita Doan today announced David Drabkin’s appointment as GSA’s Deputy Chief Acquisition Officer and Senior Procurement Executive.   

“I am very pleased that David has agreed to serve in this critical position,” said Administrator Doan.  “David’s vast acquisition policy experience will be vital to ensuring federal agencies have the products and services they need to fulfill their missions.”

Molly Wilkinson, GSA’s chief acquisition officer, added, "David Drabkin is an acknowledged leader in the acquisition community and in the federal government. I have had the great pleasure of working with David during this past year and have learned a tremendous amount from his advice and counsel.  I am glad to welcome him back to the OCAO family."

OCAO is responsible for developing and reviewing acquisition policies, procedures and related training for both GSA and federal acquisition professionals through the Federal Acquisition Institute, Civilian Acquisition Advisory Committee, Federal Acquisition Regulation, and GSA’s acquisition manual and training programs.  As GSA’s Senior Procurement Executive, Mr. Drabkin is responsible for all contracting matters with GSA, GSA's acquisition workforce, and serves as GSA's Federal Acquisition Regulation signatory. 

Mr. Drabkin said of his appointment:  “I'm very glad to be back at GSA and in the best acquisition job in the government.  Now we have to get to work."

Mr. Drabkin has served GSA for seven-and-a-half years and recently completed a detail to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee. 

He was appointed by the President to be a member of the Acquisition Advisory Panel (SARA Panel).  He has served as Deputy Program Manager, Pentagon Renovation Program; the Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition Process and Policies), Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition Reform) (ODUSD(AR)); and the Director, Regulatory Reform and Implementation, ODUSD(AR), where he served as the Project Manager for FASA Implementation.

He is a native of Mount Vernon, N.Y.

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Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government. GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 208,000 vehicles. GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and E-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did You Know?  The Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer was established in 2004 as a result of the Services Acquisition Reform Act and focuses on three broad issues: compliance, capacity, and competition.


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