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Senate Approves Roth to Lead GSA

Friday, August 7, 2015

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The U.S. Senate has named Denise Turner Roth as the administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA).

The confirmation, which occurred Thursday (Aug. 6), confirms President Barrack Obama’s recommendation that she lead what is, among other roles, the nation’s largest landlord and real estate management service.

Roth, who became the deputy administrator of GSA a little more than a year ago, has more than 18 years of experience in public service. She becomes the 39th person to lead the 66-year-old federal agency, according to a statement released Thursday.

“Today’s decision by the Senate is a vote of confidence in GSA’s ability to deliver the best value in real estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and American people,” Roth said.


Denise Roth, who has been the deputy administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration for the past year, was named Thursday (Aug. 6) to be the agency's 39th administrator.

“My vision moving forward is for the agency to be a proactive federal partner for government, and an economic catalyst for local communities, while also continuing our efforts to drive operational excellence,” she said. “I am honored to serve the people and partners of GSA, and I am honored to serve this administration.”

Experience in Government

Prior to joining GSA, Roth was the city manager of Greensboro, NC, where she helped reorganize city departments to be more efficient. She also helped set up the district office for Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) and served as the district’s liaison, according to the statement.

Roth also was vice president for governmental affairs at the Greensboro Partnership, where she helped secure $60 million in state funds to establish the North Carolina A&T State and UNC Greensboro Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering.

In addition to her roles in North Carolina, Roth has served in several roles throughout Washington. Those include positions with the District’s DOT and with the mayor’s office. She began her career in the Capitol Hill office of former U.S. Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA).

Since joining the GSA, Roth has helped eliminate duplication within several departments, which is estimated to save $200 million over the next eight years, the statement said.

Roth will oversee 11,500 full-time employees and a $24 million budget that supports the GSA’s Public Buildings Service, Federal Acquisition Service and technology services programs.


Tagged categories: General Services Administration; Government; Government contracts; President Obama

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