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Senate Confirms Denise Turner Roth To Head GSA

WASHINGTON -- Today, the Senate confirmed Denise Turner Roth to be the next administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), joining President Obama in recognizing that she is the right person to lead the 66-year-old federal agency. The unanimous consent decision came just a few weeks after Roth’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs where she discussed her vision for moving the agency forward. As the 39th administrator of GSA (21st confirmed), Roth will lead a workforce of 11,500 full-time employees and oversee a $24 billion budget that supports the agency’s Public Buildings Service, Federal Acquisition Service, and technology services programs.

“Today’s decision by the Senate is a vote of confidence in GSA’s ability to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and American people,” Roth said. “My vision moving forward is for the agency to be a proactive federal partner for government, and an economic catalyst for local communities, while also continuing our efforts to drive operational excellence. I am honored to serve the people and partners of GSA, and I am honored to serve this administration.”   

Roth assumed the role of deputy administrator at GSA just over a year ago, providing the organizational leadership to improve performance throughout the agency. Roth helped eliminate the broad duplication of administrative services by leading the consolidation of the agency’s information technology, human resources, administrative, and financial functions, helping to build a stronger and more efficient GSA while saving taxpayers $200 million over the next eight years. As administrator, she is committed to continuing the agency’s drive for operational excellence.

“We must continue to do the work we’ve been doing to improve the structure of the organization so we can better support our partner agencies,” Roth said. “Every step we take to make GSA stronger, the better off our partner agencies will be.”

About Administrator Roth

Throughout her 18 years of public service, Roth has held various leadership positions in Washington, D.C. and Greensboro, N.C., with a focus on driving economic and administrative change. Her career in public service began on Capitol Hill in the Office of U.S. Congressman Jim Moran. Later, she served as a special assistant for legislative affairs in the Office of Mayor Anthony Williams, and as the public space manager for the District of Columbia Department of Transportation, where she implemented and oversaw a $36 million revenue stream and managed public space access for major utility and telecommunication companies.

Prior to joining GSA, Roth was the city manager of Greensboro, N.C., where her leadership helped pave the way for several new and creative management changes in the city, including the reorganization of city departments and divisions to promote efficiency and improve service delivery. She also helped establish the district office for North Carolina Congressman Brad Miller, and served as district liaison and the vice president for governmental affairs at the Greensboro Partnership where she successfully advocated for $60 million in state funds to establish the North Carolina A&T State and UNC Greensboro Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

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Last Reviewed 2015-08-07