Lee departs GSA for key procurement spot at FEMA

Deidre Lee, who left the Defense Department this past August to run the General Services Administration's Integrated Technology Solutions shop within the new Federal Acquisition Service, will leave GSA early next month to take a top acquisition spot at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, a GSA spokesman confirmed.

FEMA is expected to make an announcement shortly.

Lee was not immediately available for comment.

She joined GSA in August after serving as director of procurement at Defense and, prior to that, as administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy during the Clinton administration.

Lee's move comes at a turbulent time for GSA, which last month instituted a hiring freeze because of a significant decline in revenues. GSA is awaiting approval from the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management to offer buyouts and early retirements to about 400 employees within FAS by fiscal 2007.

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