Self leaves a seat open at GSA

Charlie Self said so long to government work at the end of last month with a send-off party in Fairfax, Va., attended by friends and colleagues he met during his 34 years of service.

Self, who for the last three years had been deputy commissioner for GSA's Federal Technology Service, spent years working to reform and refine government acquisition practices. He is credited with introducing the concept of seat management to the federal government, worked to make government acquisition contracts available to agencies and helped establish the Federal Acquisition Services for Technology program for small businesses.

After a traveling vacation, he said he plans to seek part-time work in the private sector.

Self and his wife, Cathy Dee Self, greet friends during the gathering.

FTS commissioner Sandra Bates chats with Don Scott of EDS Corp.

Leslie Barry of Computer Associates International Inc. signs a commemorative card.

A couple of government IT veterans, Bob Woods, left, of Topside Consulting and Bruce McConnell of McConnell International, get together while welcoming Self into the ranks of former feds.

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