GSA Administrator Perry resigns

Stephen Perry, administrator of the General Services Administration, has resigned after four years of leading the federal government's procurement arm. After months of rumors, Perry said in a memo today that he will leave GSA Oct. 31.

Perry, one of the longest-serving agency heads in the Bush administration, said he will return to Canton, Ohio. There was no word on who would replace him. David Bibb, a career employee, currently is the deputy administrator at GSA.

In his resignation letter to President Bush, Perry said GSA has made 'great progress' over the past four years. 'I will treasure the realization that we made a positive difference at GSA and thereby improved the quality of service that the federal government provides to the people of this great country,' he wrote in his memo to GSA employees.

Perry leaves at a tumultuous time for GSA, with the reorganization of the Federal Technology and Federal Supply services very much a work in progress and Congress dragging its feet on its part of the reorganization.

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