Emily Murphy joins GMU
Emily Murphy, then head of the GSA, testifies before a House committee in 2018
Emily Murphy, the former head of the General Service Administration who briefly became a national figure when she refused to confirm Joe Biden’s electoral victory, preventing the release of funds for the transition, has taken on a new role at the George Mason University Center for Government Contracting.
Murphy was a director of the GSA from 2017 until her resignation days before Biden’s inauguration and before a critical report from the Inspector General related to the agency’s response to the pandemic. On Tuesday, GMU announced that Murphy would join the center as a principal investigator to help lead business, policy and regulatory initiatives focused on public procurement.
Murphy has held numerous positions as head of acquisitions and contracts across the federal government, focusing on acquisitions as legal counsel to the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Small Business, and as a director of acquisitions for GSA under former President George W. Bush. She was unanimously confirmed as the administrator of the GSA by the Senate under Trump, but found herself mired in controversy due to the GSA’s resistance to oversight of the Trump Organization’s lease of the building. Old Post Office in Washington DC, which was the site of the Trump. International hotel.
Murphy has held several other positions in addition to his new position at George Mason since his resignation from the Trump administration in his dying days. She now sits on several public procurement boards, including the advisory board of SkillStorm and Vita Inclinata, and has also been hired to work as a coach for CEO Coaching International.
In addition to Murphy, GMU appointed Richard Beutel, the former senior congressional executive who helped craft the pivotal FITARA legislation, and several others to posts at the center.
Chris Riotta is a writer at FCW and covers government procurement policy and technology. Chris joined FCW after covering American politics for three years at The Independent. He received his Masters degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he served as Class 2021 President.