GSA Appoints New Deputy Associate Administrator For Communications
September 5, 2006
Contact: Jon Anderson, (202) 501-1231
WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. General Services Administration today announced that Claire Dorrell will begin serving as Deputy Associate Administrator for Communications within the Office of Citizen Services and Communications effective Tuesday, September 5.
“We’re very fortunate indeed to have a person of Claire’s communication experience and talent at GSA,” said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan. “With more than 25 years of public affairs and policy leadership in both the public and private sectors, Claire adds much valued knowledge and gravitas to our team.”
Dorrell comes to GSA from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where she served as the Director of Special Projects. In this role, Mrs. Dorrell created the agency’s first speaker’s bureau; she also played a leading role in major initiatives to promote and communicate contributions of America’s civil servants. She did so in many innovative ways, including directing the publication of the update of the historical chronicle, Biography of an Ideal, which expanded on the official biography of the U.S. Civil Service. She was recognized for her accomplishments and leadership at OPM, receiving the prestigious Theo Award and the U.S. Government Leadership Award.
Prior to her tenure at OPM, Claire provided public affairs and policy expertise in several national political and healthcare industry positions serving as, Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services, as Lynne Cheney’s Director of Communications Policy at the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as Director of Communications/Media Relations for the Healthcare Leadership Council.
Dorrell holds a bachelor's degree from New York University and a master’s degree from Mount St. Mary’s College. She is an executive committee member of The Charter 100, an organization dedicated to helping professional women network within their areas of expertise, as well as identifying ways to contribute to the betterment of society. In addition, Claire belongs to a number of other professional organizations.
GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management, policy development and information provision agency, created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. In this role, GSA acquires products and services on behalf of federal agencies; plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies; provides services and solutions for the office operations of more than one million federal workers; and encourages a citizen-centric relationship with government by providing a single "point of entry" to the information and services citizens need in a timeframe they can appreciate. This allows citizens to receive accurate, timely and consistent answers and information, and helps federal agencies better respond to citizen inquiries.