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U.S. General Services Administration announces departure of Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner

WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced that the agency’s Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner Sonny Hashmi will depart on Dec. 29, and FAS Deputy Commissioner Tom Howder will serve as Acting Commissioner upon his departure. 

Commissioner Hashmi has served since January 2021, managing GSA’s nationwide acquisition and procurement—overseeing the delivery of products, services, and solutions across government at the best value possible.

“Sonny’s thoughtful and intentional leadership has helped GSA make history. This past year alone, FAS helped federal agencies buy more than $100 billion in mission-enabling products and services, an increase of 36 percent over the last three years. Importantly, more than one-third of that went to small businesses, and nearly half of GSA’s own investment dollars were awarded to small businesses. FAS also saved taxpayers $6 billion through better competition and pricing,” said Administrator Robin Carnahan. “Sonny has driven GSA to make doing business with the federal government easier for both government and industry - especially small businesses - and we wish him all the best in the future.”

“It has been a true honor to help lead the Federal Acquisition Service, an entity that helps the world’s largest buyer get exactly what it needs to serve millions of Americans every day,” said Hashmi. “I’m confident that FAS is better prepared than ever to meet the needs of both its federal partners, who require innovative products and services, as well as the Americans who depend on their government to deliver.”

Howder, who recently received a Presidential Rank Award, has served at GSA for 36 years, including the past four as FAS’s Deputy Commissioner, helping lead, execute, and provide direction to the FAS workforce. 


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