Emily W. Murphy

Administrator Emily W. Murphy was nominated by President Donald J. Trump to lead the U.S. General Services Administration. She was confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as the administrator of GSA on December 12, 2017.

Administrator Murphy leads a staff of more than 11,000 GSA employees nationwide, overseeing more than 369 million square feet of property, approximately $68 billion in annual contracts, and 220,000 leased vehicles in GSA’s fleet. Under her leadership, GSA has produced more than $14.5 billion in savings and cost avoidance for customer agencies over the past two years.

During Administrator Murphy’s tenure, GSA has launched the Federal Marketplace Initiative. Consequently, sales using GSA contracts have increased by 23%, from $55 billion to $68 billion. Administrator Murphy has also overseen $2.1 billion in lease cost savings from the Public Buildings Service, and has reduced the leased footprint by three million square feet. Additionally, customer, vendor, tenant, and employee satisfaction ratings have all increased, with employee satisfaction ratings hitting a 40 year high.

Prior to being confirmed as administrator in 2017, Ms. Murphy served as senior advisor to GSA’s acting administrator. In that role, she helped guide the merger of the Federal Acquisition Service with the Technology Transformation Service and launched the Centers of Excellence program.

Administrator Murphy previously served at GSA from 2005-2007, where she was appointed as the inaugural Chief Acquisition Officer and led the transformation of the agency’s assisted acquisition centers and the consolidation of the Federal Supply Service and the Federal Technology Service.

Ms. Murphy’s previous public service includes an appointment at the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she was responsible for helping the federal government meet its 23% small business contracting goal for the first time in its history. Ms. Murphy also spent nine years in the U.S. House of Representatives on the House Committee on Small Business and the House Armed Services Committee. She helped draft and prepare bipartisan government contracting reform packages, helping more small businesses compete for government contracts by minimizing barriers to entry, reducing regulatory burdens, and eliminating waste, fraud, and abuse in government contracting.

Administrator Murphy’s private sector experience includes five years in executive positions at a technology startup company engaged in federal contracting, and three years as a government contracts attorney with two top Washington, D.C. law firms.

Her expertise in government procurement and work in creating opportunities for small businesses has earned her numerous awards from small business and contracting groups.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Administrator Murphy is a graduate of Smith College and the University of Virginia School of Law.

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Last Reviewed: 2020-06-11