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Jim Williams

Former U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Williams has over 40 years of successful public and private sector experience, including 30 years in the U.S. Federal Government, with over 18 years as a federal senior executive. He was the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Acting Administrator under President George W. Bush and GSA’s first Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner. He led the Presidential Transition for GSA in 2008-2009. Mr. Williams was also the first Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s U.S.-VISIT Program, which was successfully implemented at DHS to track the entry of foreign visitors with biometrics after 9/11. Earlier, Jim was the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) leader of their Procurement and Program Management organizations and co-chair of their Shared Services Design Team. He was the federal government’s computer procurement expert for the U.S.-Japan 1990 Supercomputer Procurement and the U.S.-Japan 1992 Computer Procurement Trade Agreements. He is the Co-Chair of the Chief Acquisition Officer’s Council at the Partnership for Public Service and has held several other leadership positions for private-sector industry associations. He has received numerous awards, including two Presidential Rank Awards and four Federal Computer Week FED100 Awards, and has represented the United States in several countries. He has an MBA from George Washington University and a B.S. in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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