McDonough leaving government after 38 years

McDonough leaving government after 38 years

Frank McDonough, the General Services Administration's deputy associate administrator for the Office of Intergovernmental Solutions, yesterday announced he is leaving the federal government for the private sector.

McDonough has been in his position for six years, with GSA since 1980 and in the federal government for 38 years. He has not decided when his last day will be, but said he is considering mid-June. He also has not decided where he will go after he leaves government but said he has 'some irons in the fire.'

'There is a lot of good stuff coming to a close for me, and I just wanted to go out while I'm peaking,' McDonough said. 'I would like to keep doing the same kind of work as I do now but with more flexibility.'

McDonough helped create the Intergovernmental Solutions Office with long-time deputy Martha Doris to establish relationships with international governments. Over the past 18 months, McDonough said, the focus has shifted to working with state and local governments to share information. About 80 percent to 90 percent of his office's current focus is with U.S. nonfederal government entities, he said.

Doris likely will take over as acting deputy associate administrator until a permanent one is named, McDonough said.

'Frank is an established presence in Washington, around the country and internationally,' said M.J. Jameson, associate administrator for GSA's Office of Citizen Services, who announced McDonough's departure in a letter. 'Frank's intelligence and knowledge about not only GSA, but the ins and outs of agencies and departments around Washington, helped me navigate some tricky waters.'

During his federal career, McDonough worked with the Navy, and the Health and Human Services and Treasury departments, as well as GSA.

'This was a very hard decision to make,' he said. 'I've heard from many colleagues so it is nice to feel loved.'

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