GSA chief Barram will leave

GSA chief Barram will leave

Clinton appointee to vacate job at agency with $13.8 billion annual budget

David J. Barram will step down as administrator of the General Services Administration on Friday, GSA officials said.

President Clinton appointed Barram to the post in March 1996.

Technology is key to success, GSA head David J. Barram says.

Barram has directed all functions assigned to GSA, an independent executive branch agency that marked its 50th anniversary this year.'GSA oversees roughly $52 billion in products and services bought annually from the private sector. With an annual budget of $13.8 billion, it employs about 14,300 people.

Before coming to GSA, Barram was deputy secretary and chief operating officer of the Commerce Department, directing the day-to-day operations of the 36,000-person organization.

His 24 years' experience in Silicon Valley spurred Barram to aggressively use technology to bring change and competition to the agency, GSA officials said.

'Nobody can be successful in an enterprise today if technology isn't at the heart of what they do,' Barram said in a recent speech to the Western Governors' Association.

In addition to heading GSA, Barram served as vice chairman of the President's Management Council, which comprises the chief operating officers of the executive branch agencies.

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