Michael Robertson Appointed GSA Associate Administrator of Governmentwide Policy and Chief Acquisition Officer
August 10, 2009
Contact: Caren Auchman, (202) 501-1231
WASHINGTON — The U.S. General Services Administration today announced the appointment of Michael Robertson as Associate Administrator of Governmentwide Policy and Chief Acquisition Officer. Robertson joined GSA in February 2009 as the White House Liaison and will continue to serve in that role.
Robertson will direct the Office of Governmentwide Policy, which develops and evaluates policies for management of the federal government’s internal operations. In addition, as Chief Acquisition Officer, Robertson will be responsible for developing and reviewing acquisition policies, procedures, and related training for GSA and federal acquisition professionals, and serve as the functional manager of GSA's acquisition work force.
“It is an honor to work for GSA as the agency plays a significant role in promoting the President's agenda for creating a more transparent, accountable, and publicly engaged government,” said Robertson. “I am looking forward to continuing as White House Liaison while serving in these new capacities to further GSA’s commitment to provide exceptional services to the federal government at best value to the taxpayer.”
Before coming to GSA, Robertson served as the deputy working group lead for the Energy and Environment Agency Review Team on the Obama-Biden Transition Project. Immediately prior to that, he was the Director of Congressional Affairs on the Obama for America Presidential Campaign, where he was the primary point person for securing endorsements and superdelegate support from House and Senate members.
Previously, Robertson served as then-Senator Barack Obama's Legislative Coordinator and Deputy to the Chief Counsel. In this position, he managed the appropriations process for the Senate office, handled judicial nominations, and conducted political outreach to promote Obama’s legislative priorities. In 2004, he worked Obama's successful U.S. Senate campaign in the Chicago headquarters. Before entering the political field, Robertson worked in venture capital in San Francisco.
A native of Fresno, California, Robertson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, earned his Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law, and is working toward his second law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center's Masters of Law program.
GSA provides a centralized delivery system of products and services to the federal government, leveraging its enormous buying power to get the best value for taxpayers.
Founded in 1949, GSA manages more than 11 percent of the government’s total procurement dollars and $24 billion in federal assets, including 8,600 government-owned or leased buildings and 213,000 vehicles.
GSA helps preserve our past and define our future, as a steward of more than 480 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-Gov travel solutions and management policies, at best value, allows federal agencies to focus on their core missions.