Office of General Counsel

Jack St. John

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Jack St. John serves as general counsel at the U.S. General Services Administration.

GSA provides centralized procurement for the federal government, managing a real estate portfolio of more than 368 million rentable square feet across the country and overseeing approximately $68 billion in annual contracts.

As general counsel, Mr. St. John advises the agency’s administrator, deputy administrator, commissioners, and other senior staff on matters involving government contracts, real estate acquisitions, congressional oversight, fiscal law, employment law, administrative law, ethics law, the Freedom of Information Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and regulations implementing GSA authorities, including the Federal Acquisition Regulation, the Federal Travel Regulation, and the Federal Management Regulation. He is the agency’s chief legal officer, overseeing all legal matters and managing a nationwide office of over 130 attorneys and approximately twenty support staff with an annual budget of more than $28 million. He also serves as the Designated Agency Ethics Official (DAEO) with responsibility for administering the agency’s ethics program in accordance with Title I of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended, and 5 C.F.R. part 2634.

Mr. St. John previously served as GSA’s chief of staff and senior White House advisor. Prior to joining GSA, he was a partner in a law firm in his home state of Alabama, where he represented businesses, professionals, and governmental entities in litigation as well as transactional matters.

Mr. St. John holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Government from the University of Virginia, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Alabama’s Manderson Graduate School of Business, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he served as senior editor of the Alabama Law Review.

Last Reviewed: 2020-01-02