Laura Stanton, Assistant Commissioner, Office of Information Technology Category (ITC)
Laura Stanton is the Assistant Commissioner for 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 and motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products and services. As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services, and solutions.
As Assistant Commissioner, Ms. Stanton manages the largest fee-for-service IT procurement and services operation in the U.S. government. Ms. Stanton leads a highly-skilled and diverse workforce that manages more than 7,000 contracts, providing access to relevant and timely IT and telecommunications products, services and solutions to defense and civilian agencies, as well as to state, local, and tribal governments. ITC facilitates more than $26 billion in annual government spend, supports 98% of federal agencies, and has provided nearly $2 billion in savings to its customers.
Before rising to lead ITC, Laura served as its Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Category Management, where she oversaw a portfolio of acquisition solutions through which customer agencies procure more than $9 billion in IT products and services. These solutions included the Government-wide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) Alliant 2, Alliant Small Business 2, VETS2 and 8(a) STARS. In addition, her portfolio also included the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) and the USAccess shared services programs. Laura’s guidance and oversight of the category teams helped ITC 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 which 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 which supports 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.
Laura was named a recipient of the 2015 Federal 100 Awards, presented to government, industry and academic leaders who have played pivotal roles affecting how the federal government acquires, develops, and manages IT.
Other leadership roles include Laura’s participation in the 2005 ACT-IAC Voyager class, serving as the 2010 ACT-IAC Voyagers Government Vice-Chair, and as 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.