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Bethel Named Associate Administrator for GSA's Office of Citizen Services & Communications

July 11, 2006

GSA #10255
Contact: Andrew Gibbons, (202) 501-1231
andrew.gibbons@gsa.gov

Washington, DC – J. David Bethel today was named as the Associate Administrator for the Office of Citizen Services and Communications (OCSC) at the U.S. General Services Administration, the agency announced. The position became effective July 9.

“I am confident as GSA moves forward to face new challenges, David’s extensive expertise and depth of commitment will prove to be valuable assets,” said GSA Administrator Lurita Doan.

As head of OCSC, Mr. Bethel will be responsible for an office that 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.  Combining resources from the Office of Communications, Federal Consumer Information Center (FCIC), the Office of Intergovernmental Solutions, the Office of Information Technology as well as the Office of FirstGov operations, OCSC focuses its efforts on providing citizens, businesses, government and the media with the means to easily access information and information services available from the federal government.

Additionally, in his role as principal communications executive for the agency, Mr. Bethel will serve as GSA's primary spokesman and will advise the Administrator on communications and all matters of general public interest.

With more than 25 years spent in politics and government, Mr. Bethel most recently served as GSA’s Deputy Associate Administrator of Communications within the Office of Citizen Services and Communications.

Mr. Bethel graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors from Tulane University in New Orleans, La.