Drabkin leaves GSA for State Department

Drabkin leaves GSA for State Department

David Drabkin, the General Services Administration's top career procurement official, yesterday announced he will join the State Department's Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator.

In an e-mail to GSA acquisition workers, the deputy chief acquisition officer and senior procurement executive said he 'could think of no higher calling than to serve in any capacity in a battle against such a terrible disease.'

Drabkin and the State Department would not comment on his move.

Drabkin has worked at GSA since 2000. He spent the first part of his career as assistant deputy undersecretary of Defense in the Office of the Deputy Undersecretary for Acquisition Reform. At Defense, Drabkin led the charge to implement the Federal Acquisition Streamlining Act.

At GSA, Drabkin worked on agency and governmentwide acquisition and was a member of the Federal Acquisition Regulations Council.

During his tenure, Drabkin supported a number of acquisition improvements and reforms such as:

  • Using technology to speed up GSA's policy-making, making it more transparent, and using e-mail and the Web to receive and post citizen comments


  • Providing acquisition support to get the FirstGov portal running in 45 days


  • Upgrading the Federal Procurement Data System


  • Promoting performance-based and share-in-savings contracting.


Drabkin's e-mail did not say who would replace him or when his last day at GSA would be. Karl Reichelt, the chief acquisition officer and acting chief of staff, will assume some of Drabkin's duties.

'No one could be prouder of all the things you all have done than I,' Drabkin told his staff in the e-mail. 'It has been my pleasure to have had the opportunity to lead you folks. For my part I am being selfish, but I know that you will go on selflessly to greater accomplishment and to provide the leadership that both GSA and the government as a whole need in today's environment. I can't tell you what pride I take from having had the opportunity of being a part of this team and the opportunity to work with each of you.'

Drabkin received his undergraduate degree from Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa., and his law degree from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala.

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