Laura Stanton is the Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, in the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, DoD, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services.
The ITC Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management provides executive leadership over a portfolio of acquisition solutions through which customer agencies procure more than $9 billion in IT products and services to carry out their agency missions. These solutions include the Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) Alliant 2, Alliant Small Business 2, VETS2 and 8(a) STARS. In addition, the portfolio also includes Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) and the USAccess shared services program. Laura’s guidance and oversight of our category teams will ensure that ITC continues to play a critical role in the Administration’s IT modernization efforts to drive a more efficient and effective government for the American people.
Laura came to ITC from GSA’s Office of Enterprise Strategy Management. As the Assistant Commissioner, Laura directed FAS’s strategic business planning, performance management, category management, and Acquisition Gateway adoption. She played an integral role in creating and executing a FAS strategic vision that aims to establish itself as the Government Acquisition Marketplace. She also coordinated with the Category Management Leadership Council and the Office of Federal Procurement Policy to implement category management government-wide.
Previously, Laura led the IT strategy and creation of digital and shared services tools designed to empower greater sharing of information, data and user-contributed expertise across government. She was responsible for the development of the Acquisition Gateway, an innovative federal acquisition workspace that enables category management and aims to reduce contract duplication and price variability. Laura also established and led the Continuous Process Improvement program for FAS, generating $20M in savings through process efficiency projects and initiatives.
She was named a recipient of the 2015 Federal 100 Awards, presented to government, industry and academic leaders who have played pivotal roles that affect how the federal government acquires, develops and manages IT.
Other leadership roles include participation in the 2005 ACT-IAC Voyager class, serving as the 2010 Government Vice-Chair of Voyagers, and being a member of the Young AFCEA Government Advisory Council.
Laura received her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College and a Masters of Public Policy from Georgetown University. Her thesis on broadband adoption was published by the IEEE, the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology.