GSA taps Murphy to be chief acquisition officer

Emily Murphy, the General Services Administration's new chief acquisition officer, will have to get a running start in reshaping the agency's acquisition processes and workforce when she begins Feb. 20.

Murphy comes to GSA from the Small Business Administration at a time when the Get It Right Campaign to clean up some contracting irregularities and the reorganization of the Federal Technology Service and the Federal Supply Service are two of the agency's biggest priorities.

GSA officials today announced Murphy would replace Karl Reichelt, who left for an industry job in November.

'Emily's experience and success in the private and public sectors are strong indicators of her abilities in procurement and government contracting,' said Stephen Perry, GSA administrator.

GSA last week announced it would set up five working groups to reorganize its structure, including one analyzing the relationship between FTS and FSS.

Murphy will manage the Get It Right campaign, ensure the agency's compliance with acquisition laws and regulations, and direct the training and development of the acquisition workforce.

She currently is a senior adviser for government contracting and business development and the acting associate administrator for government contracting at SBA.

Before coming to the federal government, Murphy was the general counsel for the House Small Business Committee and worked in the private sector on procurement issues.

Murphy holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College of Northampton, Mass., and a law degree from the University of Virginia.

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