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Trump taps St. Louis native to head federal agency

Trump taps St. Louis native to head federal agency


WASHINGTON • President Donald Trump has named a St. Louis native, Emily Webster Murphy, to be the administrator of the General Services Administration.

The agency is responsible for procuring workspace, supplies, technology and other services for the federal government.

She is currently a senior advisor at the GSA.

Murphy was the GSA’s first chief acquisition officer more than a decade ago. She has also been counsel to the U.S. House Armed Services Committee, specializing in acquisition policy and reform. Murphy also has worked for the U.S. Small Business Administration and the staff of the House Small Business Committee. She worked eight years in the private sector for District of Columbia law firms and a technology startup company.

The White House described her as “procurement policy expert.” Murphy must be confirmed by the Senate.

The GSA was established in 1949 by then-President Harry S. Truman to gather under one agency all the disparate federal agencies responsible for federal buildings and supplies procurement. Its first mission included disposing of World War II surplus material.

It now provides and manages workspace for more than 1 million civilian government workers, procures goods and services for them, and oversees the preservation of more than 480 historic buildings.

Murphy, 43, is a 1991 graduate of Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School in St. Louis, where she graduated a year early. She received her undergraduate degree at Smith College and her law degree from the University of Virginia.

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Chuck Raasch is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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