GSA’s Kathy Conrad to leave government

Kathy Conrad, the deputy associate administrator in the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, is leaving government.

In an email to staff obtained by Federal News Radio, Conrad said she plans to pursue new challenges and her last day will be July 24.

Kathy Conrad
Kathy Conrad

“It has been an amazing honor and privilege to work with all of you — you are among the most talented, dedicated and delightful people with whom I’ve ever worked,” Conrad wrote. “I am really proud of all that we’ve accomplished, and to have helped lead what I know will be a lasting transformation toward user-centered digital government.”

Conrad came to GSA in May 2011, her second tour of duty in government, after spending most of her career in the private sector.

As deputy associate administrator, Conrad was influential and led several administration priorities, most notably the cloud security standard effort known as the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and the creation and expansion of Data.gov.

Additionally, Conrad also oversaw the development and implementation of the Challenge.gov platform and helped create the Digital Government Strategy.

“Kathy has made a lasting impact on numerous governmentwide programs administered by OCSIT, including 18F, FedRAMP, Data.gov, Challenge.gov, and Connect.gov to mention a few,” said Dave McClure, the former GSA associate administrator for OCSIT and now the chief strategist for the Veris Group. “We were a great team driving innovation in government while I was at GSA. Her drive and compassion for public service is exemplary for those fortunate enough to have worked with her. I am sure whatever her next ‘stop’ is in her career, it will be beneficial to improving our government.”

There are no details on who will replace Conrad even in the interim. The deputy associate administrator, Martha Dorris, took a new assignment with the Federal Acquisition Service, so OCSIT will be missing its second and third in command as of the end of July.

“I’m grateful for Kathy’s years of dedicated service and the contributions she brought to transforming digital services across government – especially given the massive changes we’ve seen in this space over the past four years,” said Phaedra Chrousos, the associate administrator for the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technology/18F, in an email to Federal News Radio.

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