FTS names Williams as deputy commissioner

The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service today announced James A. Williams is the new deputy commissioner.

Williams replaces Charlie Self, who retired in May 2003.

'Jim brings a wide range of government experience and expertise to the job,' said FTS commissioner Sandra Bates in a statement. 'As acting deputy commissioner, he has acquired a good understanding of our business lines very quickly and has made significant contributions to our organization in the relatively short time he has been with us.'

Williams, whose first official day was June 24, has been acting deputy since October 2003. He serves as a senior adviser to Bates and chief operating officer for all FTS programs, including policy development, program management for telecommunications, IT, professional services and administrative programs.

He joined GSA as deputy regional administrator for the National Capital Region in 1986 and held several positions within the agency, including assistant commissioner for the Public Building Service and a number of positions in GSA's regional offices.


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