Northwest/Arctic Region (10)
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Ms. Hixson serves as the Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Professional Services and Human Capital Categories, an office within the U.S. General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).
Ms. Hixson also serves as FAS’ Northwest/Arctic Region Regional Commissioner and is the governmentwide Professional Services Category Executive, appointed by the Office of Management and Budget in February 2016. In these roles, Ms. Hixson provides strategic leadership, oversight and management for FAS’s professional services, human capital services, and charge card management programs and contracts, as well as governmentwide professional services category management. She also supports FAS’ federal agency customers in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington with assisted acquisition services, telecommunications, vehicles, and thousands of other goods and services.
Ms. Hixson brings more than 30 years of professional experience in the field of acquisition management to the GSA leadership team. She is known for developing entrepreneurial organizations, collaboration, tackling tough challenges, and leading effective contract and program operations.
Ms. Hixson began her career in Seattle as an intern with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and rose through the ranks gaining experience as a contract specialist and procurement analyst before being appointed as the Director for Commerce Acquisition Solutions at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2004, she joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At DHS she led several key acquisition programs and offices including her last as the Deputy Executive Director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Procurement Directorate, where she led contract operations acquiring technology, construction, facilities management, supplies, and services to CBP’s vital border protection mission.
Ms. Hixson holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from American University and received her undergraduate degree from Seattle University. She frequently participates in government-wide forums to discuss the merits of streamlined and innovative acquisition programs, and has co-authored several articles on these and other subjects. She also served as President of the American Society of Public Administration’s National Capital Area Chapter, and Chair of the American Council for Technology’s Industry Advisory Council’s Partners leadership development program.
Ms. Hixson was appointed to the Senior Executive Service in 2007 and has had notable recognition including the 2019 Coalition of Government Procurement Lifetime Acquisition Excellence Award, 2016 Fed 100, 2015 Coalition for Government Procurement’s Government Savings Award, 2008 DHS CFO’s Budget, Planning and Execution Award, Commerce’s Bronze and Silver Medal awards, and National Performance Review’s Hammer Award.
Northwest/Arctic Region (10)