Acquisition guidance from the FAS: A conversation with Tiffany Hixson

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How does the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) push efficient and effective IT buying practices through category management? What is FAS doing to help agencies make the best acquisition decisions? How is GSA transforming the way professional services are acquired? Join host Michael Keegan next week as he explores these questions and more with Tiffany Hixson, Regional Commissioner Northwest/Arctic, Federal Acquisition Service within U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).


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Ms. Hixson is the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) Regional Commissioner for the Northwest/Arctic Region of the U.S. General Services Administration, a position she has held since December 2011. She delivers FAS programs and services in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington—providing workspace, telecommunications, information technology, vehicles, and thousands of other goods and services to federal agencies in the area. Ms. Hixson also serves as GSA’s Professional Services Category Executive who oversees GSA’s multi-billion dollar government-wide professional services offerings including Schedule programs MOBIS, FABS, PES, LOGWORLD, Environmental, AIMS, and Language services as well as OASIS and OASIS Small Business.

Ms. Hixson brings more than 25 years of professional experience in the field of acquisition management to the GSA leadership team. She fosters partnerships between industry and government, and conducts the ‘business’ of government in an ethical and innovative way. 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 annually awarded approximately $3 billion in technology, construction, facilities management, supplies, and services for CBP’s front-line agents and officers.

Ms. Hixson holds a Masters in Public Administration from American University, and received her undergraduate degree from Seattle University. She frequently participates in Government-wide forums discussing the merits of streamlined and innovative acquisition programs, and has coauthored several articles on these and other subjects. She has served as both President and Vice President of the American Society of Public Administration’s National Capital Area Chapter, and as Chair and Vice 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 received Commerce’s Bronze and Silver Medal awards, the National Performance Review’s Hammer Award, and has been honored by Government Computer News.

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