Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management

Washington, D.C
Oct 05, 2022
Oct 12, 2022
Full Time

GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is the only civilian agency whose mission is acquisition. As America's Buyer, FAS is focused on leveraging the buying power of the Federal Government and supporting the acquisition workforce by delivering best-in-class contracts, tools, products, services and solutions to federal agencies at the best value for the American people. FAS's scope is incredibly broad and includes General Supplies and Services, Information Technology, Motor Vehicle Management, Travel, Assisted Acquisition Services, and a host of Online Procurement Tools, including the new Government-wide Common Acquisition Platform.

The Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management reports to the Assistant Commissioner for Information Technology Category (ITC) and provides executive leadership and direction to the Office of Category Management, which is responsible for planning, directing and executing, on a nationwide basis, overall work to be accomplished in the development and delivery of information technology (IT) services, products and solutions for the Federal government, including hardware, software, outsourcing services, consulting services, telecommunications, shared services and security solutions. The Office of Category Management provides expert guidance, tools, contracts and resources enabling the government to buy IT more effectively and efficiently, leveraging both GSA and non-GSA solutions. The Office serves as the program manager for many of GSA's government-wide IT contracts and offerings. In this capacity, the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management is responsible for nurturing and facilitating the development of innovative contracts, services, solutions, practices and strategies that improve performance, services and value to the Federal government. The Deputy Assistant Commissioner also provides support in the development and delivery of the government-wide IT Category Management Initiative.

Furnishes expert technical advice and assistance to the Assistant Commissioner for ITC and to the FAS Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner concerning existing and evolving or proposed government-wide or GSA-wide contracts, services, solutions, policies, procedures, and automated system support pertaining to ITC's offerings. Develops and executes strategies for product and service categories as business units and optimizes spend under management in conjunction with industry.

Collaborates with the Assistant Commissioner for ITC, Deputy Assistant Commissioner for ITC, and the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Acquisition to identify priorities and strategies for ITC that shape the ITC enterprise vision and values.

Provides strategic and change leadership to ensure the Office of Category Management communicates and integrates ITC's vision and resulting goals and objectives into all other ITC, FAS, and GSA national and regional programs. Develops the Office of Category Management's strategic and tactical plans. Responsible for planning initiatives to achieve organizational goals and to improve operations, including conducting studies of similar programs in the private sector as well as state and local governments. Oversees and evaluates organizational performance to assess results. Continually improves practices to ensure customer expectations are met in a timely and cost effective manner, and that they comply with acquisition rules and regulations.

Serves as the chief spokesperson for the Office of Category Management, communicating and advocating ITC's vision and mission to external officials and groups. Represents the Assistant Commissioner for ITC and the FAS Commissioner as needed in executive level meetings with agencies, industry, trade associations, key officials, the Office of Management & Budget (OMB), Congressional staff and state/local governments regarding the Office's programs. Builds and strengthens strategic and operational partnerships with customers, Federal agencies, internal GSA organizations, and industry partners.

Serves as the primary focal point for business development, account management, solutions design, and product management activities.

Manages and controls the Office of Category Management's fiscal affairs. Responsible for planning, developing, coordinating and justifying the financial and human resource requirements and administering systems for controlling resources to meet both short and long range objectives.


Conditions of Employment

  • Resume-based hiring method.
  • Resume must not exceed 5 pages, including optional cover letter.
  • All application materials must be received by the closing date.
  • Veterans preference is not applicable to the SES
  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Apply online (See 'How to Apply' section.)
  • Must include supplemental MTC statement or you won't be considered.
  • Responses to MTCs must not exceed one page per MTC.
  • Using PDF for all of your application materials is highly recommended.

  • This position is a critical-sensitive national security position and appointment requires that you undergo a single scope background investigation and that the GSA security office grant you a Top Secret national security clearance. Applicants do not need this level of clearance in order to apply. If you are not a GSA employee, the security office must grant the clearance before you are appointed to this position unless a pre-appointment waiver of this requirement is approved.
  • If tentatively selected, you will be required to submit a Declaration for Federal Employment.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 will be required to complete a certification document confirming their selective service status.
  • Persons selected for their initial appointment to an SES position must have their executive qualifications approved by the Office of Personnel Management before being appointed to the position.
  • If selected, you will be required to serve a one-year probationary period unless you have previously successfully completed a one-year probationary period in the Senior Executive Service.
  • Veteran's preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service.
  • If selected, you must file a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278) upon appointment in accordance with the Ethics in Government Act of 1978.
  • This position has been designated under Executive Order 12564 as being subject to random drug screening. If tentatively selected for this position, you may be required to submit to a urinalysis screen for illegal drugs prior to appointment. Appointment will be contingent upon your receiving a negative test result.


All applicants must meet the Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualification requirements listed below to be eligible for consideration. Eligibility will be based on a clear demonstration that the applicant's training and experience are of the scope, quality and level of responsibility sufficient to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this executive position.

Your resume must show possession of the Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below but must not address the ECQs through separate narrative responses.

You must submit a supplemental statement that separately addresses each of the Mandatory Technical Competencies (MTCs) listed below. Your resume should also corroborate your possession of the MTCs. Your supplemental MTC statement must be restricted to no more than one (1) page per MTC. Information beyond one page for each MTC will not be evaluated. Your application will not be considered if you fail to submit this supplemental statement.

Please see the "Required Documents" section below for complete instructions on the content and format of your application package.

  • Demonstrated experience working with executive level colleagues, employees, customers and other stakeholders to identify, develop and implement solutions and resolve issues related to the acquisition/management of Federal information technology/telecommunications.
  • Demonstrated experience in the principles of category management, including: optimizing contract vehicles for acquiring services, managing data collection and analysis, leveraging supplier relationships, maximizing customer relationships, and establishing and managing communities of practice.


    1. Leading Change - This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

    2. Leading People - This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

    3. Results Driven - This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

    4. Business Acumen - This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

    5. Building Coalitions - This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

    For guidance on how to address the ECQ's in the context of your resume, please refer to page 29 of the "Guide to SES Qualifications" at: .


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Federal Acquisition Service
    Office of Information Technology Category
    Office of Category Management
    Washington, DC

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    NOTICE REGARDING SALARY: Current SES members whose salary equals or exceeds the maximum advertised salary for this vacancy ($187,300), will not lose pay if appointed to this position.