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Wilkinson Appointed to GSA Chief Acquisition Policy Position

 

GSA #10327

March 5, 2007
Contact: Jennifer Millikin (202) 501-1231
jennifer.millikin@gsa.gov

Washington, DC —U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Lurita Doan today announced Molly Wilkinson will serve as the agency’s Chief Acquisition Officer.  Her appointment is effective today.  “GSA is very fortunate to have someone of Molly Wilkinson's caliber as our Chief Acquisition Officer,” said Administrator Doan.  “Her contributions over the coming months will greatly help this office achieve its mission.”

Ms. Wilkinson most recently served as Associate Deputy Secretary for Management at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).  In this position, she provided counsel and support to the DOL Secretary, Deputy Secretary, and senior staff on internal agency operations regarding management, budget, and personnel issues.  DOL has more than 16,500 employees and approximately $50 billion in total budget.

“I am honored to continue serving in the Administration of President George W. Bush as Chief Acquisition Officer under the leadership of Administrator Doan,” said Ms. Wilkinson.  “I look forward to working alongside members of the Administrator’s team, and becoming a part of the energy and professionalism that characterizes GSA."

Ms. Wilkinson began her public service career in the New York State Legislature in 1991 and served as an appointee in the administration of Gov. George Pataki.  After serving in several posts, he appointed her to key positions focused on progressive refugee and immigrant advocacy, contract law, policy, and legislation.  After more than 10 years in public service in New York, Ms. Wilkinson pursued opportunities to serve in the Bush Administration. 

Prior to joining GSA, in addition to serving as Associate Deputy Secretary for Management at DOL, she held several positions within the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).  Most significantly at DOD, she served as Special Projects Coordinator for the Iraqi National Conference and Special Advisor to the Iraqi Supreme Commission in 2004 where she managed American security, logistics, and administrative support for the 1,500 delegates who chose the Interim Iraqi National Council.

The Office of Chief Acquisition Officer (OCAO) is responsible for developing and reviewing acquisition policies, procedures and related training for both GSA and federal acquisition professionals through the Federal Acquisition Institute, Civilian Acquisition Advisory Committee, Federal Acquisition Regulation, and GSA’s acquisition manual and training programs.

A 1989 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Ma., Ms. Wilkinson earned her law degree from New York’s Albany Law School in 1996 and is a member of the New York State Bar.  A native of upstate New York, she currently resides in Alexandria, Va.

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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 8,300 government-owned or leased buildings and 170,000 vehicles.  GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 420 historic properties, and as manager of USA.gov, the official portal to federal government information and services. GSA’s mission to provide superior workplaces, expert technology solutions, acquisition services, purchasing and e-travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions. 

Did you know? The Office of the Chief Acquisition Officer was established in 2004 as a result of the Services Acquisition Reform Act and focuses on three broad issues: compliance, capacity, and competition.