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Mary Joy Jameson Named Associate Administrator for GSA Office of Citizen Services and Communications

GSA # 9967

July 29, 2002
Contact: Eleni Martin (202) 501-1231
eleni.martin@gsa.gov


WASHINGTON - Stephen A. Perry, Administrator of the General Services Administration, today announced the appointment of Mary Joy Jameson as Associate Administrator for GSA's new Office of Citizen Services and Communications (OCSC). Jameson, a Ridgeland, S.C. native, joined the Bush Administration December 2001 as the GSA Associate Administrator of Communications.

Jameson has held several senior-level communications positions during her 20-year career, serving as Senior Vice President with the public relations firm of Burson-Marsteller, Vice President of Communications at the American Forest & Paper Association, Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, and Director of Public Affairs/Press Secretary for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Jameson, who began her career with former S.C. Gov. Jim Edwards, graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science from Clemson University in 1977.

In making the announcement, Perry said the new OCSC is closely tied to President Bush's management agenda which calls for making government more citizen centered, results oriented and expands the use of Internet technology for e-government. Perry called Jameson "a strong and media-savvy communications professional whose many years of experience in government service and in the private sector will be a tremendous asset to our leadership team."

The new office combines three highly successful areas within GSA--the Office of Communications, Federal Consumer Information Center and FirstGov.gov. "Our goal for the new office is to streamline and modernize the process for citizens to obtain information about U.S. Government activities and services, and to administer and coordinate communications for GSA as an agency," Jameson said.

"The Office of Citizen Services and Communications opens the way for citizens and the media to easily obtain information and services from the government on the Web, via e-mail, in print, and over the telephone," Jameson said.

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.