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GSA Announces Acting Associate Administrator for Office of Governmentwide Policy

GSA #10298

November 20, 2006
Contact: Katharine Uhre (202) 501-1231
katharine.uhre@gsa.gov

Washington, DC – The agency’s Administrator, Lurita Doan, today announced the appointment of Kevin Messner as the Acting Associate Administrator for the Office of Governmentwide Policy (OGP).  Mr. Messner, who also will continue to serve as the head of the agency’s Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, has led the agency’s successful reorganization of  inter and intra governmental liaison functions.  His new assignment to head the Office of Governmentwide Policy will facilitate a more sweeping and positive change in the way GSA interacts with and supports the federal government.

“Kevin Messner has already had an extraordinarily positive impact on our relationship with Congress and our partners in the Administration.  His demonstrated leadership and vision will further advance our efforts in becoming even more responsive and effective in supporting the President’s Management Agenda,” said Lurita Doan, GSA Administrator.

Messner replaces John Sindelar, who has been acting Associate Administrator for the Office of Governmentwide Policy since December 2005.   “John has performed magnificently since my appointment as Administrator, and I look forward to his continued contributions as part of our senior executive team,” noted Doan.  Mr. Sindelar will return to his position as Deputy Associate Administrator in OGP. 

Prior to his appointment as Associate Administrator for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs  in June 2006, Mr. Messner worked in Congress for nearly 10 years, most recently as Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe, Chairman of the Foreign Operations Appropriations subcommittee.  Mr. Messner also served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi.  Messner’s private sector experience prior to his arrival in Washington, DC includes working as an engineer with General Motors.

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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 FirstGov.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.