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GSA gets new head of services office

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The General Services Administration has tapped a former executive from the Office of Personnel Management’s human resources services shared services center to head up GSA's new Service Management Office, according to an internal agency email obtained by FCW.

An Aug. 6 email from GSA Administrator Emily Murphy said David Vargas, former director of OPM’s Human Resources Line of Business, became director of GSA’s Service Management Office on July 23.

GSA confirmed reports that is has also made Beth Angerman the new permanent principal deputy associate administrator of the agency’s Office of Government-wide Policy. Angerman had been acting principal deputy associate administrator at OGP since February. She also leads GSA’s Office of Shared Solutions and Performance Improvement.

Under a White House plan rolled out in June, GSA and OPM will be merging some of OPM’s core functions into GSA, including retirement services, federal employees' healthcare and insurance and human resources solutions.

In late July, Murphy told the Senate Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management of the Homeland Security and Government Affairs that GSA and OPM were taking steps to move forward with the restructuring.

Vargas, said Murphy, held a variety of positions in OPM’s IT operations, including associate CIO, acting deputy CIO, acting CIO and director of HR information technology transformation.

At GSA, Vargas will oversee the launch of the Service Management Office, which will back the agency’s vision of expanding shared service offerings to federal agency customers.

Before joining OPM, Vargas was a 22-year employee at the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Real Estate Assessment Center, managing 400 employees and contractors across the U.S.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

Click here for previous articles by Rockwell. Contact him at mrockwell@fcw.com or follow him on Twitter at @MRockwell4.


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