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GSA's Johnson Announces Retirement Plans

GSA # 10577

March 30, 2009
Contact:  Robert Lesino, 202 501-1231
robert.lesino@gsa.gov 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) announced today that John C. Johnson, Assistant Commissioner for the Integrated Technology Services (ITS), will retire on May 2, 2009 after 33 years of distinguished federal service. 
 
“John’s leadership and deep industry knowledge have been critical to GSA’s ability to respond and adapt to customers’ rapidly changing information technology (IT) needs,” said GSA Acting Administrator Paul Prouty.  “He will be missed.”
 
As Assistant Commissioner of ITS, Johnson oversaw the largest “fee for service” IT procurement and services operation in the U.S. government.  During Johnson’s tenure, the ITS portfolio grew rapidly to include the IT schedule 70, network services, IT governmentwide acquisition contracts (GWACs), and trusted Internet connections (TIC) programs. 
 
Johnson also led the development and award of some of the government’s most crucial information technology and telecommunications contracts, including: Networx enterprise and Networx universal, Alliant, Alliant small business, and the Veterans’ governmentwide acquisition contract (VETS-GWAC).
 
“John’s commitment to ensuring the federal government has access to cutting edge technology has been critical to securing our nation’s IT infrastructure at the best value possible,” said FAS Commissioner Jim Williams.  “His work will pay dividends to the federal government and the American taxpayer for years to come.”
 
A recognized leader in the data center optimization, cloud computing, and green IT fields, Johnson spearheaded the development of the ITS energy use and greenhouse gas emissions management tool that will help GSA and government customers evaluate and reduce their carbon footprints. 
 
Prior to joining GSA, Johnson had an active tour in the U.S. Navy, and served as a civilian employee at the Department of Defense in the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  In 1994, he co-led the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) strategy analysis team that identified the Department of Defense’s Defense Information System Network (DISN).
 
Johnson is a recipient of the Association for Federal Information Resource Management’s (AFFIRM) Leadership Award for Acquisition and Procurement, the 2007 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service, and the 2007 Government Computer News Civilian Executive of the Year award.
 

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•          Founded in 1949, 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 213,000 vehicles.
•          GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 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.
 
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