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Safavian Named as GSA Chief of Staff

GSA # 9958

July 11, 2002
Contact: Deborah K. Ruiz (202) 501-1231
deborah.ruiz@gsa.gov

WASHINGTON, DC - Administrator Stephen A. Perry today named David H. Safavian of Alexandria, Va., as Chief of Staff at the U.S. General Services Administration. Mr. Safavian replaces Brian Allan Jackson, who is leaving to obtain his MBA from the Harvard Business School. Previously, Mr. Safavian served as Senior Advisor and Acting Deputy Chief of Staff at GSA.

As the number three official at GSA, Mr. Safavian will be responsible for carrying out a variety of critical assignments in connection with the day-to-day operation of GSA. He will work collaboratively with the other members of the senior management team to provide leadership and guidance in the conduct of long- and short-range management studies of major concern to the Administrator.

"I am honored to be able to serve in this capacity," said Mr. Safavian. "GSA plays a key role in helping other agencies better serve the public. Working with Administrator Perry and the GSA team, I hope to build on our past successes by working to implement President Bush's management agenda and ultimately, providing the best value for our customer agencies and the taxpayers."

Prior to joining GSA, Mr. Safavian served as the Chief of Staff to U.S. Representative Chris Cannon (R-UT). Mr. Safavian also worked for Congressmen Bill Scuette (R-MI) and Bob Davis (R-MI). In addition to his public sector experience, Mr. Safavian co-founded Janus-Merritt Strategies, L.L.C., a Washington, D.C., consulting firm specializing in telecommunications issues.

A graduate of Saint Louis University, Mr. Safavian earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science before pursuing a Law degree at Michigan State University, Detroit College of Law. In 1993, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Juris Doctorate. Mr. Safavian received a Master's degree in Tax Law from Georgetown University Law Center in September 1994.

GSA is a centralized federal procurement and property management agency created by Congress to improve government efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public. It acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, equipment, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services. GSA, comprised of 14,000 associates, provides services and solutions for the office operations of over 1 million federal workers located in 8,300 government -owned and leased buildings in 1,600 U.S. communities.