Stephen A. Perry takes helm at GSA

Stephen A. Perry takes helm at GSA

By Tony Lee Orr

GCN Staff


JUNE 1—Stephen A. Perry yesterday took an oath of office as the new chief of the General Services Administration. His formal swearing-in ceremony will occur later this month. The Senate confirmed his appointment last week.

Perry, 55, retired in March as senior vice president of human resources, purchasing and communications at Timken Co. of Canton, Ohio. As GSA administrator, Perry will oversee 14,000 employees and a $15.5 billion annual operating budget. The executive management agency is the landlord for about 1 million federal workers and supplies them with many goods and services.

Perry's retirement from Timken ended a 37-year career with the international manufacturer of bearings and alloy steels. He took a two-year hiatus from the company in 1991 to accept an appointment to the cabinet of then-governor, now Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio). As director of the Department of Administrative Services, Perry oversaw operations similar to GSA's on a state level.

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