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President Obama Nominates New GSA Chief

GSA Acting Administrator Denise Turner RothWASHINGTON – Today, President Obama announced he would nominate Denise Turner Roth as the new Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

President Obama said:

“As Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator, Denise led the General Services Administration to become more efficient, innovative and effective. Denise is a capable leader whose experiences in management will serve our nation well. I thank Denise for agreeing to continue her public service and look forward to working with her in this important position.”

Just over one year ago, Roth assumed the role of Deputy Administrator at GSA, providing the organizational leadership to improve performance throughout the agency. Roth helped eliminate the broad duplication of administrative services by consolidating the agency’s IT, HR, Administrative and Financial functions, helping to build a stronger and more efficient GSA while saving taxpayers $200 million in the next eight years.

As head of GSA, Roth will continue to cultivate the agency’s culture of continuous evaluation and improvement to deliver the greatest possible value to government and the American people.

Roth said she is committed to ensuring that GSA continues to provide 21st century public service:

“President Obama’s nomination is a vote of confidence in the ability of the men and women of GSA. I am honored to lead GSA in transforming the way our government serves the American people. Today GSA is smarter and stronger, and I look forward to building on this momentum -- creating new opportunities for the federal government and the nation."

Throughout her 18 years of public service, Roth has been a leader in communities ranging from Washington, DC to Greensboro, N.C., driving economic and administrative change. Her career in public service began on Capitol Hill in the office of Congressman Jim Moran. She has since 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 served as 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, served as district liaison and was 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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