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Swendiman to Head GSA's Office of General Counsel

GSA #10172

July 6, 2005
Contact: Mary Alice Johnson (202) 501-1231
maryalice.johnson@gsa.gov

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) today announced the appointment of Alan Robert Swendiman as the agency’s General Counsel. Mr. Swendiman’s appointment is effective immediately.

"GSA is fortunate to have someone of Alan's stature as its chief legal officer," said GSA Administrator Stephen A. Perry. "His stellar background makes him an ideal choice to head GSA's legal team."

Mr. Swendiman most recently handled a broad range of commercial transactions for the law firm of Jackson & Campbell of Washington, D.C.  A principal with that firm since 1993, he represented clients on contract lease, real estate and employment matters.  Mr. Swendiman’s career is marked by more than 30 years of service in the private and public sectors where he has gained expertise in regulatory compliance, labor relations and administrative law.

“I am honored by this appointment and am grateful for the privilege of serving Administrator Perry and the President in this capacity. I’m looking forward to working with the staff of the General Counsel’s office at GSA,” said Mr. Swendiman.

In his new position, Mr. Swendiman will assume daily management of GSA’s legal department and oversee the legal affairs of the agency. He will advise Administrator Perry on implementation of GSA's mission responsibilities, including contracting, information technology, travel and transportation, real estate, construction, leasing, environment, agency litigation, personnel and labor relations, equal employment opportunity, appropriations and finance.

Mr. Swendiman graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1969 from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in political science and from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in 1973. He and his family reside in Kensington, Maryland.

GSA is a centralized, federal procurement, property management and policy agency, created by Congress to improve efficiency and help federal agencies better serve the public.  GSA acquires, on behalf of federal agencies, office space, telecommunications, information technology, supplies and services.  It also plays a key role in developing and implementing government-wide policies.  GSA's 13,000 associates provide services and solutions for the office operations of more than a million federal workers in the more than 8,000 buildings the government owns and leases in 2,000 U.S. communities.