GSA's acquisition chief Murphy to leave

The General Services Administration has been hit with the departure of yet another top official.

Emily Murphy, GSA's chief acquisition officer, has announced she is heading to the private-sector law firm Miller and Chevalier LLP of Washington, according to the firm's spokeswoman and government sources. She will work with former Office of Federal Procurement Policy administrator Angela Styles in the government contracts practice.

Sources said Murphy's last day will be around Jan. 31. George Barclay will be acting chief acquisition officer. He has been on detail to Murphy's office.

She is the third high-ranking official in the last month to announce their departure, along with Federal Acquisition Service deputy commissioner Marty Wagner and deputy associate administrator in the Office of Governmentwide Policy John Sindelar.

While at GSA, Murphy worked on the merger of the Federal Supply and Federal Technology services and on acquisition policy, including the revision of the GSA's Acquisition Regulations, the use of pre-award contract audits and the adoption of earned-value management in contracts. She also helped OFPP on clarifying rules for acquisition during disasters.

Murphy joined GSA in February 2005. Previously, she was a senior adviser for government contracting and business development, and acting associate administrator for government contracting at the Small Business Administration.

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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