GSA's Emory Miller to retire in January

Emory Miller

Henrik G. de Gyor

After 36 years of federal service, Emory Miller is calling it quits. The General Services Administration's director of Professional Leadership said he will retire Jan. 3.

'When I entered government in 1967'when dirt was young'one of the things that I liked was the ability to retire early,' Miller said. 'I've toyed with the idea for a long time, but the timing is right and I don't want to miss out on this advantage.'

The well-liked and affable Miller said he is unsure what he will do next. He said he will look at opportunities in the private sector.

'The position must be creative and something I believe in,' he said about his future work.

Miller, who spent his entire government career working in the IT field, has influenced the federal technology community in a number of ways. He started the CIO University and the Strategic and Tactical Advocates for Results programs. He was instrumental in the Trail Boss program and now is working with an interagency group to push project management as an explicit federal career. He also is one of the leads in GSA's SmartBuy initiative to buy governmentwide software licenses.

'I've always been proud to work in the space between the agencies by building coalitions, creating dialogues and intersections between programs,' Miller said. 'It's all about making government better.'

Miller began his career as a systems manager for the Army after graduating from the University of Virginia with a bachelor's degree in economics. He worked as an acquisition official for the Housing and Urban Development for seven years before moving to the IRS as a program director for corporate systems. At the IRS, he managed $2 billion in IT resources, including establishing the foundation for the tax systems modernization program.

He then moved to GSA in 1996 where he founded a number of professional education programs such as the CIO University.

Miller also was the president of the Association for Federal Information Resources Managers for two years and the conference director for the Interagency Resource Management Councils conference since 1997. In that role, he also became known for adding entertainment to what otherwise could have been standard affairs'such as turning an annual President's Dinner into a murder mystery evening, or staging a 'Back to the Future' program at IRMCO to celebrate 40 years of government IT.

'Every year after IRMCO I think about retiring,' he said. 'I'm excited for what the future holds. It has been a great experience to work in government, but now I'm ready for a new adventure.'

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