Written by John Hewitt Jones and Dave Nyczepir
Federal IT recruitment leader Keith Nakasone will leave his role in the General Services Administration in late May.
He left after working at the agency since 2017 as Deputy Commissioner of Procurement Management in the Office of Information Technology (ITC) category.
Nakasone’s last day is June 1, leaving GSA after 32 years in the federal government to take on a role in the private sector.
Following her departure, Cheryl Thornton-Cameron, who is executive director of the agency’s ITC contractual programming operations, will take on Nakasone’s responsibilities as an actor.
The IT category team is a work process within GSA’s federal procurement service that develops technology service contracts and focuses on limiting duplicate purchases between agencies.
Previously, Nakasone was a senior purchasing executive on the Federal Communications Commission and was previously technical director in the purchasing department of the Defense Information Systems Agency. At DISA he has also been head of strategic planning.
During his tenure at GSA, Nakasone led the introduction of new requirements in federal government IT contracts to address supply chain risk and ban the use of telecommunications equipment and services produced by Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE.
Earlier this month, the GSA launched an industry consultation on plans to issue a multi-award cloud blanket purchase agreement as part of a government-wide procurement strategy.