February 6th Monthly Luncheon: The Presidential Transition, with George Prochaska

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GSA’s George Prochaska, Executive in Charge of the Outgoing Presidential Transition in 2008, will inform us about the Presidential Transition Process.  GSA is required by law to administer the smooth transition of power. 

Come hear from someone with personal experience in that process and learn about the legal authorities, costs, and challenges of this mission that is so critical to national security.  Learn about the project management activities in support of the transition, and how much is budgeted for the outgoing and incoming administrations as they transition. Learn about the “Plum Book” that lists the 8,000 appointed positions necessary for an effective Federal Government that an incoming president elect may or may not decide to fill.  After a short presentation, we’ll open up the floor to your questions. Come prepared to be entertained, enlightened, and inspired by a great speaker.

GEORGE R. PROCHASKA, Regional Commissioner, GSA Federal Acquisition Service (FAS)

George has nearly 40 years of Federal Government experience, which includes 15 years as a member of the Senior Executive Service.  He began his career working with the Corps of Engineers and moved to GSA in 1986.  Currently, George is serving as the Regional Commissioner for FAS.  With an annual budget of over $35M and revenue of nearly $4B, he leads a team of 250 employees located in a five-state region.  Prior to this role, George oversaw the agency’s Telepresence initiative, and during this time he led a team that increased Telepresence usage by 1900%, developed an operating infrastructure, expanded the capability of endpoints from 15 rooms to over 200 endpoints, and offered GSA a reduction in carbon footprint.  

George served as the Deputy Regional Administrator in the Greater Southwest Region for many years and was responsible for the region’s delivery of the ARRA stimulus program. Also, in this capacity, George oversaw the region’s civil rights program, human resources program, emergency operations program and small business program. George was the agency’s chief negotiator on a national union contract. He served as the executive in charge of the Outgoing Presidential Transition for President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.  

George is an accomplished public speaker and storyteller.  He has taught short courses on the role of leadership and the environment over the years at Duke University. He employs a servant leadership style and excels by fostering a passion for outcomes, rallying teams to the mission and seeing projects through until they are finished. Many of George’s team members know him as the guy who calls them on their birthdays over the years.  George takes a keen interest in people and their passions, and he endeavors to be a multiplier of their talents.

George is a civil engineering graduate from Texas A&M and holds an MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington.  He is married, has 4 kids, 5 grandkids, and 20 motorcycles.  His hobbies include long distance running, landscaping, reading, and going to the theater.



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