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Johnson Takes Helm as New GSA Administrator

Swearing in Ceremony

Administrator Martha Johnson was sworn in by OPM Director John Berry (right). Johnson's father, Rev. Theodore Nace (center) assisted in the ceremony.

Martha N. Johnson took the helm of the U.S. General Services Administration on February 16, pledging that GSA will be transparent and cost-effective as it provides solutions to federal agencies so they can meet their missions.

Johnson, GSA’s 19th administrator, promised “work, vigilance and ethics” as the agency encourages the procurement of sustainable products and services, workplace enhancements, and “ever better technologies for collective problem solving.”

Johnson spoke to a capacity audience of employees at GSA’s Central Office auditorium. The town hall event was webcast live to GSA employees across the nation.

“For six decades, we have been a huge operational machine,” said Johnson. "In the business of supplying to and housing the federal government, there isn't a corner of this government that we haven't touched.”

Describing GSA’s importance in today’s procurement arena, Johnson said, “This is our core capacity – delivering solutions – and we should be hands down the best.”  She also noted one of her priorities will be encouraging the procurement of sustainable goods and services.

“With GSA’s huge, huge, reach, we can, we should, we must, dramatically reduce the government's environmental footprint.”

Employees were excited by Johnson’s return to GSA, where she served as chief of staff from 1997 to 2001.

“I thought she was awesome,” said Sarah Allen, a program analyst with GSA’s Facilities Management & Services Programs division within the agency’s Public Buildings Service.

David Gray, a building management specialist, agreed.  “She was very good, very down-to-earth,” he said.

At the event, Johnson was flanked by her husband, Steve, and father, Reverend Theodore Nace, as she was sworn in by Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry, a good friend of both Johnson and GSA.  

“You are getting a real gem,” Berry told GSA employees.

Johnson was confirmed by the U.S. Senate February 4.  She served as part of President Obama's transition team and, most recently, she worked as Vice President of Culture at Computer Sciences Corp., a position she held since 2007.  

She received her bachelor of arts degree from Oberlin College and master of business administration from Yale University.

In her role as head of GSA, Johnson will oversee a federal agency of about 13,000 people, an annual budget of approximately $16 billion and about $30 billion in federal assets.