DorobekINSIDER: Kronopolus named GSA’s assistant administrator; Lantier takes acting deputy procurement role

Monday - 3/8/2010, 2:00am EST

The shuffling of the senior seats at the General Services Administration continues. Last week, the DorobekINSIDER told you that Tony Costa was named GSA’s associate administrator. This morning, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson announced that Cathy Kronopolus will be the GSA assistant administrator. Kronopolus has been serving as the acting chief of staff.

As acting administrator, Johnson said that Kronopolus will “play a day-to-day role of managing the front office agenda, mentor and coach executives, sort resources (people, time, knowledge) to support my primary goals, and build optimism and a culture of collaboration across leadership and explicitly modeled in my office.”

Meanwhile, Michael Robertson, GSA’s chief procurement officer, has named Rod Lantier as GSA’s acting deputy associate administrator for acquisition policy and the acting senior procurement executive. David Drabkin, of course, starts at Northrop Grumman today.

UPDATE: GSA officials tell the DorobekINSIDER that Steve Leeds, GSA’s Senior Counselor to the Administrator, is acting Chief of Staff while we move toward filling the role with a permanent Chief of Staff. That being said, there now is no GSA chief of staff — not even an acting chief of staff. Given that Johnson served as chief of staff under former GSA Administrator David Barrum, she is keenly aware of the import role that post can play in the success of the administrator — and the agency. So stay tuned.

Here is the note from Johnson sent to staff about the Kronopolus post:

Dear GSA:

Today, I am happy to announce that I have asked Cathy Kronopolus, who has been acting in the Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor roles, to remain in my office as an Assistant Administrator.

In this position, Cathy will play a day-to-day role of managing the front office agenda, mentor and coach executives, sort resources (people, time, knowledge) to support my primary goals, and build optimism and a culture of collaboration across leadership and explicitly modeled in my office.

Together, Cathy and I will create a vibrant and rejuvenated leadership cadre, organizational alignment so that GSA is “at one” with its declared strategic plan, an innovative spirit, and an ever higher level of performance supported in part by the progressive use of collaborative technologies.

I particularly appreciate the history and knowledge that Cathy brings, including her time in the Public Buildings Service, her experience working in regions and also at customer agencies. I always applaud leaders like Cathy who have personally demonstrated the willingness and interest to change and absorb new roles and challenges.

Join me in congratulating Cathy in her new role as Assistant Administrator.

Martha