DorobekInsider: New GSA deputy administrator is finally official — Susan Brita to start Feb. 2

Friday - 1/22/2010, 2:37pm EST

It has been one of the worst kept secrets in town but it is now official in the halls of GSA — Susan Brita, who most recently served as the Staff Director for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, will join the General Services Administration as deputy administrator on Feb. 2.

Brita previously served at GSA from 1985 to 1988, where she was the chief of staff to then GSA Administrator Terence Golden.

Brita replaces Barnaby (Barney) L. Brasseux, who quietly stepped down earlier this month.

Meanwhile, there still is no word on a new GSA chief of staff after Danielle Germain stepped down earlier this month. And, of course, the nomination of Martha Johnson to be GSA administrator is still deeply in limbo.

Here is the note sent to staff from GSA Acting Administrator Steve Leeds sent to “GSAers” this afternoon:

Good Afternoon GSAers,

I want to share a very exciting announcement with you. On February 2, we will welcome Susan Brita back to GSA as our next Deputy Administrator. Susan’s 27 years of public service will be a strong addition to our GSA leadership team.

Most recently, Susan served as the Staff Director for the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, a position she has held since 1992. During her tenure, Susan’s broad portfolio, which included GSA, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Architect of the Capitol, gave her the opportunity to focus on each phase of Federal real property management.

Susan is no stranger to the broad spectrum of services GSA provides; from 1985 to 1988 she served as Chief of Staff to then Administrator Terence Golden, where she worked closely on agencywide initiatives.

Susan received her Master’s Degree with honors in Public Administration from George Washington University in Washington D.C. and a B.A. from Cardinal Cushing College in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Please join me in welcoming Susan to our team!

Sincerely,

Steve Leeds
Acting Administrator