GSA gets a new acting acting administrator — Paul Prouty
The Obama administration today named Paul Prouty, has been named the acting GSA administrator. Prouty has been the Assistant Regional Administrator for Public Buildings Service (PBS) in the Rocky Mountain Region. Jim Williams, who has been serving as the acting administrator since the departure of Lurita Doan last year, will return to his post as the commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service. That also means that Tyree Varnado, who has been serving as the acting commissioner of GSA’s FAS, will be the deputy FAS commissioner. Barney Brasseux will remain in the career post as deputy administrator. Insiders tell me that this was expected. It is unclear if this means that Prouty might be nominated as the GSA administrator. Most guess not.
NOTE: I have updated this post. I had originally said that Varnado was going to be deputy administrator. Clearly that is not the case. So… Prouty as acting administrator… Brasseux continues in the career post as deputy administator… Williams back as FAS commissioner… and Varnado as FAS deputy commissioner.
Read Prouty’s bio after the break.
As promised, the GSA bio of Paul Prouty.
Paul Prouty Assistant Regional Administrator for Public Building Service
Paul Prouty is the Assistant Regional Administrator for Public Buildings Service (PBS) in the Rocky Mountain Region. In 1995, Prouty became the Assistant Regional Administrator for the Public Buildings Service in the New England Region. He returned as the Assistant Regional Administrator for the Rocky Mountain Region in 1997. Prouty received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award in 2000, was named the Outstanding Federal Executive by the Greater Boston Federal Executive Board in 1997, and received GSA’s Distinguished Service Award in 1998 and 1987.
Prouty joined GSA in 1971. He began his career in the real estate intern program in Denver, Colorado and worked to become Director of the Real Estate Division in Region 8 in 1988. In 1994, under the newly created Public Buildings Service (PBS) organization in the Rocky Mountain Region reinvention lab, he became the Director of the Colorado Service Center, with responsibility for PBS real property service delivery in the state of Colorado. Prouty was also a member of the Reinvention Task Force, which created new national PBS business lines in response to the National Performance Review.
Paul Prouty holds a bachelor’s of science degree and a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Colorado.