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Paul Prouty

Paul Prouty

There has been a lot of buzz around the appointment of new GSA Acting Administrator Paul Prouty, who most recently had been the assistant regional administrator for GSA’s Public Building Service’s Rocky Mountain Region.

Here is the note that was circulated among GSA officials:

PAUL PROUTY NAMED ACTING GSA ADMINISTRATOR: President Obama has named Paul F. Prouty, Assistant Regional Administrator, Public Buildings Service (PBS), Rocky Mountain Region, to serve as the Acting Administrator for GSA.Prouty joined GSA in 1971 as a Real Estate Intern in Denver, CO and worked to become Director of the Real Estate Division in 1988. He subsequently served as the Director of the Colorado Service Center and as the Assistant Regional Administrator for PBS in the New England Region.Prouty received the GSA Distinguished Service Award in 1987 and 1998, and was named the Outstanding Federal Executive by the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board in 1997. Former Acting Administrator, James A. Williams, will return to his previous position as the Commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service.

Federal News Radio 1500 AM has put in requests to chat with Mr. Prouty. He told me that GSA would “make it happen” as soon as he gets settled in.

Lurita Doan, the former GSA administration, was passing through Federal News Radio 1500 AM the day the DorobekInsider first broke the news of Prouty’s appointment — and Doan had very good things to say. She particularly mentioned that Prouty has been particularly focused on green initiatives — in particular Denver Federal Center Solar Park, which last year produced 1,726,000 kWh of energy in 2008, beyond GSA’s prediction of 1,600,000 kWh. (We’re working to get the team that lead the Denver Federal Center Solar Park on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris.) No doubt the PBS background will be helpful as Team Obama looks to help buildings be more green.

That being said, most people don’t believe that Prouty is going to be the permanent GSA administrator — otherwise he would have just been nominated. The most often mentioned name these days is Martha Johnson, who was the GSA chief of staff under the wildly popular — and wildly successful — GSA Administrator David Baram, who served during the Clinton administration. Johnson was on the GSA transition “parachute” team and GSAers say hear that Johnson and Prouty are close — or at least know each other.

Prouty, however, only has PBS experience — no experience with acquisition. But DCers say he is well liked within PBS.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s resume, if she should be named as the GSA administrator nominee, from her resume on her LinkedIn profile:

Vice President at SRA International
Director at Touchstone Consulting Group
Vice President at Council for Excellence in Government
Vice President at Computer Sciences Corporation

Meanwhile, back in April 25, 2000, Baram and Johnson were on the Business of Government Hour sponsored by the IBM Center for the Business of Government. (Read it hereHere it here. MP3)

Surprising enough, Jim Williams, the FAS commissioner, seems to teathered with a Doan taint. The former GSA administrator, of course, made the bold move of naming Williams, a career public servant, to what could have been a political post. But some say that Williams is seen as being too supportive of Doan, particularly regarding the now infamous Sun Microsystems GSA schedule contract fiasco. That being said, it will be good to have Williams and his deputy, Tyree Varnado, at the helm of FAS, particularly if Prouty does not have much experience with acquisition and acquisition issues.

Written by cdorobek

January 27, 2009 at 11:16 PM

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