Karl Krumbholz, the face and force behind the General Services Administration’s Networx telecommunications program, is retiring Jan. 1.
Krumbholz announced his decision in a blog post today.
“My time at GSA has been the most challenging and rewarding of my career,” he wrote. “That includes nine very rewarding years in industry before coming to GSA and a full career as a Naval Officer, pilot and acquisition manager. The people that I have worked with at GSA at headquarters and in the regions have been absolutely incredible. In addition, I have been privileged to work with many very dedicated agency people and a host of outstanding people from industry. I could not have imagined a better job.”
Frank Tiller will take over at least on an interim basis for Krumbholz, managing the day-to-day responsibilities of the Network Services Program.
Krumbholz came to GSA in 2002 after spending eight years in industry with TRW. Prior to that, he was a captain in the Navy for 26 years.
Since September 2007, Krumbholz managed the Network Services program, which mainly included the Networx contract. He was the main force behind moving agencies onto the telecommunications contract from the old FTS-2001 vehicle. He worked closely with the Chief Information Officer’s Council and helped get the Interagency Management Council involved in the transition.
Networx is now 90 percent complete and the deadline for GSA to reimburse agencies to costs to transition from FTS-2001 passed Aug. 31.
In addition to Networx, Krumbholz has played a leading role in the follow-on to Networx, called Networx 2020, and other contracts including, Connections II, satellite communications and program management.
“While I look forward to the opportunity to take some time off in the future, I have no plans to quit working and will begin looking for new opportunities that will allow me to continue to work in this very interesting and challenging industry,” Krumbholz wrote in his blog.