GSA Acquisitions Chief Goes on Medical Leave

July 31, 2012

Just days before a House hearing scheduled to examine overspending at a 2010 conference he helped run, Steven Kempf, commissioner of the General Services Administration’s contracting division, announced he is taking a 60-day medical leave as of Monday.

In an email Friday to his staff at the Federal Acquisitions Service, Kempf wrote: “I truly do not want to be leaving you at this important time. However, this is necessary if I am going to continue serving our country to the best of my ability in the future.” He recalled that he began his career at FAS as a GS-9 intern “and never left, and representing you and the amazing work you do each day is a privilege.”

He announced that his position would be filled on an acting basis by Mary Davie, assistant commissioner of the FAS Office of Integrated Technology Services. A GSA spokesman confirmed that Kempf will not appear at a hearing set for Wednesday at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where the schedule calls for testimony by acting GSA chief Dan Tangherlini “or his designee.”

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