GSA names Shelton as interim head of FTS

GSA names Shelton as interim head of FTS

The General Services Administration today tapped Barbara Shelton as interim replacement for retiring Federal Technology Service commissioner Sandra N. Bates.

Bates announced earlier this month she would retire Feb. 11 [see GCN Jan. 11 coverage]. Shelton, who is mid-Atlantic regional administrator, will take over for Bates Feb. 14.

'Barbara has demonstrated her ability for successful leadership of large, complex organizations to provide outstanding customer service through a strong focus on people, performance management, organizational design and process re-engineering,' said GSA administrator Stephen Perry in a release.

Shelton has been regional administrator since January 2002. In that role, she has managed the operations of FTS, the Federal Supply Service and the Public Buildings Service for federal agencies in Delaware, Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia'this area does not include the Washington metro area.

Before coming to GSA, Shelton served as deputy secretary for administration in Pennsylvania's Labor and Industry Department, where she managed the state's IT, personnel and procurement programs. She also has 13 years of private-sector experience in IT systems management and marketing with PPG Industries of Pittsburgh and Philip Morris Inc. of Richmond, Va.

Shelton earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her master's of business administration from Columbia University in New York.

'She will have a key role in working with others on the GSA management team to reorganize functions of FTS and the Federal Supply Service,' Perry said.

GSA officials added that more information on any reorganization of FTS and FSS would be finalized and reported in the near future.

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