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GSA Announces Uhre as New PBS Chief of Staff

GSA # 9903

October 30, 2001
Contact: Deborah K. Ruiz, (202) 501-1231
deborah.ruiz@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. General Services Administrator Stephen A. Perry today announced his appointment of Lea J. Uhre as the agency's Chief of Staff for its Public Buildings Service. Her position is effective October 30, 2001.

"We are fortunate to have the opportunity to appoint Lea to this post in GSA's Public Buildings Service." said Mr. Perry. "Her commitment, ability and experience show her to be the ideal choice for PBS Chief of Staff."

As the number three official within PBS, one of the three service branches at GSA, Ms. Uhre will primarily focus on advising the PBS Commissioner in the planning and implementation of PBS policy and programs. She will also provide leadership and guidance in the conduct of special long- and short-range management studies of major concern to the Commissioner.

PBS is responsible for the operation and management of 1,800 government-owned buildings and 6,500 leased buildings.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Uhre previously worked as Manager of Library Services for the U.S. House of Representatives in the Office of the Clerk, a position she held for more than four years. Ms. Uhre has extensive experience in strategic planning and project management gained from her tenure in public and private sector organizations, including various positions within the Departments of Justice, Treasury, Interior and the Office of Personnel Management. She has also worked as the executive director for both the USA Foundation for Senior Studies and the Legislative Studies Institute.

"It is an honor and a pleasure to be asked to serve President Bush and the Administrator of GSA. I look forward to working with the entire GSA team in completing that part of our mission dedicated to providing quality work environments for Federal employees," Ms. Uhre said.

Ms. Uhre attended Miami University at Oxford, Ohio, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science. She later attended Catholic University of America and graduated with a master's degree in Library and Information Studies.

GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property management agency created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. It acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies, and services. GSA, comprised of 14,000 associates, provides services and solutions for the office operations of over 1 million federal workers located in 8,300 government -owned and leased buildings in 1,600 U.S. communities.