I missed noticing the latest departure from the senior ranks of DHS until today, as reported earlier in the week in GCN:
Jim Williams, a veteran of some of the governmentâ€™s toughest programs, will be leaving the Homeland Security Department to join the General Services Administration as commissioner of the new Federal Acquisition Service. Williams is currently program director of the $1.1 billion U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology project.Â
Williams said he had had discussions with GSAâ€™s new administrator, Lurita Alexis Doan, who took over the agency last Wednesday, about heading up the new organization, which Congress officially created in April.Â
In making the move, Williams leaves a DHS organization of 115 people, to lead one of 4,000. The Federal Acquisition Service is a relatively new piece of GSA, formed by combining the Federal Technology and Federal Supply services. The combined services resell more than $35 billion worth of goods and services each year via numerous contracting programs.Â
This isÂ essentially aÂ promotion for Williams, and not really reflective of the broader trend of departures from DHS.