FEMA officially taps Lee as acting deputy director of operations

The Federal Emergency Management Agency officially named Deidre Lee as its new acting deputy director of operations and said she will play a key role in the agency's procurement shop.

Lee will assume her new role next month, FEMA said late Thursday.

'Dee brings a wealth of federal acquisition experience to this position and she will be a valuable asset to FEMA and the department,' said acting FEMA director David Paulison.

Lee currently serves as assistant commissioner of Integrated Technology Service, a shop within the General Services Administration's new Federal Acquisition Service.

At FEMA, Lee will work closely with the agency's chief procurement and financial officers, as well as response and recovery officials, to develop and oversee acquisition programs for disaster response and recovery operations.

Before starting at GSA last August, Lee served as the director of Defense procurement and acquisition policy, and prior to that as administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy during the Clinton administration.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Central State University in Oklahoma and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma.


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