Zielinski departure triggers leadership changes at GSA

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The General Services Administration is shifting personnel to fill in as its top IT category manager prepares to depart.

Bill Zielinski, GSA's current assistant commissioner of the Information Technology Category for the Federal Acquisition Service told FCW in a May 20 interview that he will become the Dallas CIO on June 8.

Zielinski said his last day at GSA will be June 5. He announced his move in an internal agency email in late April, saying he was leaving to take a new position for a large city in the western U.S.

As Zielinski leaves, GSA is adjusting ITC and Office of Telecommunications Services (OTS) personnel. OTS oversees the GSA's $50 billion, next generation Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions telecommunications contract and the adoption of the new contract by federal agencies.

On June 7, current ITC deputy assistant commissioner for category management Laura Stanton, will step into Zielinski's position in an acting capacity. The agency also tapped Vera Ashworth, vice president at CGI Federal, to become deputy assistant commissioner for ITC on May 26.Those moves were unveiled in late April.

Additionally, according to an internal May 18 staff email from OTS Director Allen Hill obtained by FCW, Tracey Malick, current OTS deputy director, will become OTS acting executive director. Hill said he will become acting deputy assistant commissioner for Category Management.

According to the memo, Brad McCall will become director of the Telecom Management Support Division, serving in Malick's previous role.

Fred Haines, will serve as OTS acting deputy director and Maria Filios will serve for 120 days as the acting director of the Supplier Engagement Division, temporarily filling in for Haines.

Zielinski told FCW that federal agencies' response to the pandemic has shown the value of IT modernization.

"What we're seeing during the response has shown pandemic is a mixed bag," he said. "For some agencies, we've seen little to no impact in terms of their day to day operations. For some agencies, especially for those who had moved early on with EIS and awarded contracts and had things scheduled, we're not seeing a lot of impact," he said.

"There was also a portion of agencies who weren't as prepared for things like telework or remote work and from a normal operations perspective we may have been seeing some slowing of activity as they addressed the immediate operational impacts," Zielinski said.

"For other agencies, that are directly involved in the response effort, such as the Small Business Administration and Health and Human Services, or Treasury, they may have been busy before, but they're even busier during the response," he said. "Clearly that made them have to think about where they were putting their energies."

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.

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