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The IAE Welcomes New Assistant Commissioner Eric Ferraro

The Integrated Award Environment last week welcomed with open arms its new Assistant Commissioner Eric Ferraro.  Ferraro began his post on July 12, 2015. He comes to the IAE after nine years at the Department of the Navy, where he was the project director for the Navy’s E-Business Systems responsible for implementation and sustainment of DoD and Federal acquisition and contracting IT systems..  Ferraro brings to both GSA and the IAE expertise in information technology business system acquisitions and sustainment, project management, and extensive leadership experience.

“I’m very excited to be serving as the assistant commissioner for a project as significant and as forward thinking as the Integrated Award Environment,” said Ferraro.  “As we all know, doing business with the federal government can be challenging; working to mitigate those challenges is a task deserving of top talent and new ways of thinking, and in my few short days here, it’s clear IAE has both.”

Under the Office of the Integrated Award Environment portfolio, Ferraro will lead two distinct efforts: the Integrated Award Environment (IAE) program and the Common Acquisition Platform (CAP), both of which are housed within the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).  For the IAE program, he will manage the operations and the modernization efforts (the transition from 10 disparate systems into one streamlined environment). For CAP, he will be working to enable greater acquisition analytics capabilities, reduced system duplication, and greater use of user-centric design and expert decision support.

"Eric's unique combination of IT experience, acquisition knowledge, and his drive to innovate will add a significant amount to both CAP and IAE," said Kevin-Youel Page, deputy commissioner for GSA's Federal Acquisition Service.  "Both programs are of critical importance to exploring new and better ways of conducting the business of government.  And with Eric at the helm, we're confident his insight will help forge a strong path forward by leading the implementation of groundbreaking programs and processes."

"Both the IAE program and CAP are moving fast into making the business of doing business with the federal government better and easier,” said Ferraro.  “This is an opportune time for me to get in on the action and to add my background and experience to the collective effort.  While I’m certainly still taking it all in, I’m confident that at the end of the day, the work being done here will be transformational and will change the way the federal government manages large-scale IT projects and acquisition processes.”

Prior to joining the civilian Federal service, Ferraro worked for IBM Business Consulting Services and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where his primary responsibility was supporting the Navy’s Standard Procurement System (contract writing tool) Implementation.  He is a retired Navy Supply Corps Officer where he was on duty on submarines and an aircraft carrier, as well as several ashore tours in information technology.

Ferraro earned his BSE in biomedical and electrical engineering from Duke University and his MBA at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. He is a PMI certified Project Manager.  A native of New York’s Long Island, Eric lives in Virginia with his wife Jennifer.  Together, they have six children.

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