GSA's Sindelar to retire after 33 years

GSA's John Sindelar

Rick Steele

The General Services Administration's John Sindelar is retiring from government within the year'maybe as early as January.

GSA announced Monday that it would replace Sindelar with Kevin Messner as the new acting associate administrator for the Office of Governmentwide Policy. Sources confirmed that Sindelar, a federal employee for almost 33 years, would leave government.

Sources said GSA administrator Lurita Doan is making the associate administrator a political position instead of a career one. GSA has the option to change the position as it sees fit. This is the first time the administration decided to make it political. GSA established the position in 1996. The associate administrator role is not Senate confirmed.

Sindelar has been with GSA for 26 years, including the last 12 months as acting associate administrator, taking over for Marty Wagner. Wagner now is the deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service.

Stan Kaczmarczyk has been acting deputy associate administrator since Sindelar moved to the acting associate role.

Sindelar has played a key role in the administration's e-government agenda, including as the program manager for the Lines of Business Consolidation Initiatives. He also worked on the original 25 Quicksilver projects as a project director.

"It has been my extreme pleasure in working with each of you over the last decade," Sindelar wrote to GSA employees in his resignation letter. "[The Office of Government Policy] has risen in stature as a widely known organizational force for the improvement of the federal government in a very short time... due in large part to your dedication and hard work.

Messner currently is the head of the agency's congressional and intergovernmental affairs office. He also worked as chief of staff for Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Rick Renzi (R-Ariz.).

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