GSA's Mary Davie heads to NASA

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The General Services Administration announced Jan. 21 that Mary Davie, a longtime senior procurement official who currently leads the office implementing the shared services payroll program NewPay, is moving to NASA to serve as deputy associate administrator for that agency's Mission Support Transformation Office.

News of the announcement came in an email from GSA Administrator Emily Murphy.

"[Davie's] contributions to the agency and the federal government have been so numerous," Murphy wrote. "NASA is incredibly fortunate to have her join the team and she will, without a doubt, quickly become a valuable and trusted leader in the organization."

Davie's new role at NASA will be working within its Mission Support Directorate, focusing on organizational change. Her new job title will be Deputy Associate Administrator, Mission Support Transformation.

Davie, who joined GSA in 1989, has served in multiple senior roles at the agency, including acting Federal Acquisition Service Commissioner and Federal Acquisition Service Deputy Commissioner in varying capacities. She oversaw the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center for over 10 years.

Davie has also been a leader on many cross-cutting acquisition and IT initiatives, including strategic sourcing, category management and the proposed (but currently stalled) Office of Personnel Management merger that would have established a human resources service inside GSA. As assistant commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service from 2011 to 2017, she oversaw the federal government’s IT acquisition workforce, managing 7,000 contracts and $3.5 billion in federal spending.

A four-time Federal 100 Award winner, Davie won FCW's 2016 Government Eagle Award, which recognizes career achievement.

About the Author

Lia Russell is a staff writer and associate editor at FCW covering the federal workforce. Before joining FCW, she worked as a freelance labor reporter in San Francisco for outlets such SF Weekly, The American Prospect and The Baffler. Russell graduated with a bachelor's degree from Bard College.

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