Warrick steps in as acting CAO at GSA

The General Services Administration has named Vince Warrick, associate administrator for the Office of Performance Improvement, to serve as its acting chief acquisition officer.

Warrick has been with GSA since November and will immediately step in to succeed the organization's first CAO, Emily Murphy, who left for the private sector earlier this week.

Prior to joining GSA, Warrick worked for the Harbour Group of St. Louis, an operating firm that acquires and manages companies in the entertainment, automobile and plastic industries.

As CAO, Warrick's challenges include continued development of the Federal Acquisition Service, the improvement of GSA acquisition policies and procedures, and helping to oversee two large governmentwide acquisition contracts the agency plans on awarding in 2007.

Murphy spent two years as CAO with GSA. As CAO, Murphy dealt with the merger of the Federal Supply and Federal Technology services into FAS and with acquisition policy, including the revision of GSA's Acquisition Regulations, the use of pre-award contract audits and the adoption of earned-value management in contracts. She also assisted OFPP with clarifying rules for acquisition during disasters.

In addition to Murphy's departure, GSA lost two other high-ranking officials in January, including Federal Acquisition Service deputy commissioner Marty Wagner and deputy associate administrator in the Office of Governmentwide Policy John Sindelar.

'We are working hard to successfully implement major performance initiatives throughout all areas of GSA,' said GSA administrator Lurita Doan. 'The skills, knowledge and energy that Vince has already demonstrated as head of the Office of Performance Improvement give me great confidence in his ability to successfully lead the Office of the CAO.'

Warrick received a bachelor of science degree at the U.S. Military Academy in 1980 and went on to earn a master's degree in public administration from Cornell University in 1991.

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