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Edward O'Hare, CIO, Federal Acquisition Service, procurement arm of GSA
The government keeps bringing Ed O'Hare back after several attempts at retirement. As the recently appointed head of the Federal Acquisition Service's Integrated Technology Services arm, O'Hare is responsible for IT procurement and several multi-billion dollar procurement vehicles.
O'Hare is working to overhaul the way ITS does business with its government customers by becoming more of a partner, rather than a mere product clearinghouse. Only 30% of government IT purchases go through ITS, a number that's been shrinking, and O'Hare is looking to turn that around.
Among other efforts, he's offering technical and acquisition help to accelerate the transition of federal agencies from FTS 2001 networking contracts to the newer $68 billion Networx program. Goals include cutting the time it takes to modify contracts by more than half, increasing ITS support of cybersecurity and sustainability initiatives, and working with the GSA and federal CIO Vivek Kundra on reform efforts such as the forthcoming Cloud Storefront.
O'Hare has held CIO and business roles at GSA, IT contractor Dynanet, and Booz Allen Hamilton.