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GSA Salutes Its Living Legend, Nancy Potter

GSA # 10432

December 12, 2007                     
Contact: Public Affairs Office (202) 501-1231

WASHINGTON – Nancy Potter, the longest-serving employee in U.S. General Services Administration history, said goodbye to GSA and a 63-year career in federal service on Wednesday.

More than 300 co-workers attended a festive farewell ceremony at which GSA Administrator Lurita Doan said that Ms. Potter’s tenure is matched “only by her long record of achievement.”

“The history of GSA will forever include Nancy’s contribution to the modernization of our financial systems, establishment of the Federal Buildings Fund, and her dedication to leading by example,” Administrator Doan said.

President Bush also weighed in with a personal letter to Ms. Potter that said, in part, “Your commitment to excellence during your tenure with the General Services Administration reflects the spirit of America.”

When Ms. Potter’s time came to address the packed GSA Auditorium, she said she never imagined that when she started at the agency as a teenager in 1949 that she’d one day be the longest-serving employee in GSA history.

“As I prepare to leave GSA, I may not be 16, but I am no less excited by the important work this agency does for our customer agencies and the American people,” she said.

Ms. Potter said she stayed because, “I valued the work. I’m passionate about the programs. I believe in what we do. I believe in our team. One GSA, One Voice.”

“These memories will stay with me always.” 


Founded in 1949, GSA serves as a centralized procurement and property management agency for the federal government.  GSA manages more than one-fourth of the government’s total procurement dollars and influences the management of $500 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 208,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 425 historic properties, and as manager of, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and eGov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.

Did you know?  An estimated 12,100 employees work at the U.S. General Services Administration, recently named among the top 10 Best Places to Work in federal government for 2007.

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