GSA gets a new deputy chief of staff

The former chief of staff for the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service has been appointed GSA’s new deputy chief of staff.

LaFondra Lynch took over July 8, according to a July 15 GSA press release.

“As deputy chief of staff, Lynch supports the GSA administrator and chief of staff in assessing, planning and implementing activities aligned with the agency’s strategic priorities,” the release said.

Lynch has experience with the agency, serving in a number of similar positions prior to her new appointment.

In her role as GSA’s PBS chief of staff, Lynch “assisted with the nationwide management of more than 5,300 employees and a nearly $10 million budget.” She was appointed as acting chief of staff for PBS in January 2018 before assuming the official role in April 2018.

Prior to her time in that position, Lynch served as PBS chief of staff in GSA’s Region 4, also known as the Southeast Sunbelt Region. In this role, Lynch provided administrative and financial planning, management and oversight for nine regional programs.

“I am grateful for LaFondra’s leadership and ongoing commitment to GSA,” said GSA Administrator Emily Murphy. “LaFondra has done an excellent job as our PBS chief of staff and she brings a strong set of management, organizational and strategic skills to our leadership team. I know she will serve our agency well in her new role as deputy chief of staff.”

Robert Borden currently serves as GSA’s chief of staff.

GSA has been one of the main agency powerhouses for pursuing Trump administrative initiatives, such as the IT Centers of Excellence program and promoting shared services across the government. Under a disputed reorganization plan, it would also in future house many of the federal employee services currently run out of the Office of Personnel Management.

The chief of staff’s office serves as the primary aide for GSA Administrator Emily Murphy and is responsible for promoting agency policies and mission.

Before joining GSA, Lynch served at the Department of Justice as regional public information officer and in a managerial role as the appropriations officer for the Executive Office for Immigration Review.

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