Dec. 7, 2017: Emily W. Murphy was confirmed as the Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Murphy, of Missouri, was recently the Senior Adviser to GSA’s Acting Administrator. Murphy was previously a Counsel at the U.S. House Armed Services Committee; GSA’s inaugural Chief Acquisition Officer from 2005 to 2007; GSA’s Representative to the Federal Acquisition Regulatory (FAR) Council; and the leader of the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council. In the private sector, she worked for five years in executive-level posts at a technology start-up company that worked on federal contracts, and she worked for three years as a government contracts lawyer at two Washington, D.C., law firms. Murphy graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2001. GSA is an independent federal government agency.