Administrator Bio

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 11,200 GSA employees nationwide, overseeing more than 370 million square feet of property, approximately $75 billion in annual contracts, 4.9 million government credit and purchase cards, and 225,000 leased vehicles within GSA’s fleet. Under her leadership, GSA has produced more than $20.3 billion in savings and cost avoidance for customer agencies in fiscal years 2018 - 2020.

During Administrator Murphy’s tenure, GSA launched the Federal Marketplace Initiative, which has increased sales using GSA contracts by 36%, from $55 billion to $75 billion. As GSA provides building space for more than 1.1 million federal employees, she has overseen $3.55 billion in lease cost savings from GSA’s Public Buildings Service, and has reduced the federal government’s leased footprint by 4.7 million square feet. Additionally, customer, vendor, tenant, and employee satisfaction ratings have all increased during her leadership of the agency, with customer, vendor, and employee satisfaction ratings hitting the highest scores in the history of GSA.

Prior to being confirmed as administrator in 2017, Ms. Murphy served as senior advisor to GSA’s acting administrator. In that role, she helped launch the Centers of Excellence program within the Technology Transformation Services of the Federal Acquisition Service. There are now fifteen agencies hosting at least one GSA Center of Excellence project.

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 into the Federal Acquisition 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 Washington, D.C. law firms.

Her expertise in government procurement and work in creating opportunities for small businesses have 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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