Federal Supply Service's Heffernan to retire Dec. 31

Federal Supply Service's Heffernan to retire Dec. 31

Don Heffernan, CIO of the Federal Supply Service, will retire at year's end after 30 years of federal service.

Heffernan said he will put out his own shingle. He plans to call his company IT Interventions and to help vendors resolve contracting disputes with other companies and government agencies. He also wants to volunteer, doing community development and IT networking work.

Elizabeth DelNegro, FSS' deputy CIO, will serve as interim CIO until a permanent replacement is named, Heffernan said.

'This was a tough decision because I love GSA and the work we are doing,' Heffernan said. 'But there are some other things I want to do, and it seems like the right time to move on.'

Heffernan has been CIO for the General Services Administration agency since September 2001 and was deputy CIO before that. During his tenure with FSS, Heffernan led the development and implementation of eOffer to electronically submit schedule bids and e-Modifications to make online changes to vendors' schedule contracts. He also helped expand the role of GSA Advantage, e-Buy, the schedules e-Library and a number of other online tools.

'I'm most proud of taking GSA Advantage to a new Java 2 Enterprise Edition platform,' he said. 'I'm also proud of the work we did with GSA Auctions, where we moved it from commercial software to our mainframe system.'

Before coming to FSS, Heffernan, who spent his entire career with GSA, worked in the Office of the CIO and Office of the Administration, and served five years as the agency's director of personnel.

During his tenure, Heffernan directed the move to bring the Internet and Intranet to the desktop of more than 14,000 employees in 12 weeks.

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