GSA's Timchak to retire after 36 years in government

Stephen Timchak, who has handled the daunting task of building the government's e-authentication architecture and federation over the past three years, is retiring from federal service.

After more than 36 years, including the last five with the General Services Administration, Timchak has decided to leave the federal government Jan. 3.

'I will probably take some time off and then move to the private sector,' he said.

Timchak, the E-Authentication's program executive, joined GSA's Federal Technology Service in 2000 after spending most of his career with the Army.

Over the years, Timchak has worked on a number of large projects, including the Army's Joint Computer-aided Acquisition and Logistics System and the Battle Command Training Program.

But he is most proud of his work on E-Authentication, the main cog in the E-Government engine.

E-Authentication, one of the original 25 E-Government initiatives sponsored by the Office of Management and Budget, uses credentials from multiple domains and applies common certifications, guidelines, standards and policies to applications across agencies.

'The proudest moment of my career is right now,' he said. 'The E-Authentication federation represents much more than technical and policy interoperability'it represents agencies cooperating for the good of the citizens, businesses and governments at all levels, truly transformational.'

In addition to his work on E-Authentication, Timchak served as the program manager for the Buyers.gov reverse auction pilot that successfully conducted the largest government IT reverse auction at that time as of 2000. He also served as the co-chair of the government-to-business segment of the 2001 Quicksilver E-Government effort.

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