Denise Turner Roth nominated GSA administrator

President Barack Obama nominated Denise Turner Roth as the administrator of the General Services Administration on Thursday.

President Barack Obama nominated Denise Turner Roth as the administrator of the General Services Administration.

Turner Roth took over as GSA’s acting administrator in February when then-Administrator Dan Tangherlini resigned and, soon after, joined a D.C. real estate firm as chief operating officer.

“As acting administrator and deputy administrator, Denise led the General Services Administration to become more efficient, innovative and effective,” Obama said in a statement. “Denise is a capable leader whose experiences in management will serve our nation well. I thank Denise for agreeing to continue her public service and look forward to working with her in this important position.”

Prior to her promotion as acting administrator, Turner Roth served as GSA’s deputy administrator since March 2014 and in a three-year stint as city manager of Greensboro, North Carolina, before that.


Since her first day as acting administrator, Turner Roth has promoted innovation at GSA, much like her predecessor.

“Leading with innovation is one of GSA’s top priorities. Our work is transforming how agencies across the country are doing their jobs and serving the American people,” Turner Roth wrote on the GSA blog her first day.

The new GSA administrator was also one of FedScoop’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2015.

“We have 22 months left with the administration, and as we look at GSA and its role supporting U.S. government … we’re really looking at what do we need to do now to ensure sustainability the next five or 10 years out,” Turner Roth told FedScoop then. “GSA has always led the way with technology, and in more recent years it’s been really around areas of cloud computing, agile development and policy overall,” she said, emphasizing those as points of continued focus in coming years.

On her confirmation Thursday, Turner Roth said in statement, “President Obama’s nomination is a vote of confidence in the ability of the men and women of GSA. I am honored to lead GSA in transforming the way our government serves the American people. Today GSA is smarter and stronger, and I look forward to building on this momentum — creating new opportunities for the federal government and the nation.”


Editor’s note: The headline for this story has been updated May 22, 2015, to reflect that Turner Roth was nominated as adminstrator of GSA.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing.

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