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GSA’s Harada heading to White House

Christine Harada, the General Services Administration’s associate administrator in the Office of Governmentwide Policy and acting chief of staff, is moving to the White House.

Harada will become the chief sustainability officer at the Council on Economic Quality (CEQ), sources confirmed.

Harada has led OGP since June 2014 and became acting chief of staff in February. She replaced Anne Rung, who now is the administrator in the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, as head of OGP.

Sources say Harada will join CEQ Nov. 16.

Harada would replace Kate Brandt, who served as the nation’s first chief sustainability officer for roughly one year and left in July. Brandt now holds a similar position with Google.

In her new role, Harada would help promote green technologies and initiatives across the government’s hundreds of thousands of buildings and vehicles, and help influence the hundreds of billions of dollars in spending for goods and services.

Harada also will play a big role in overseeing the implementation of Executive Order 13693, Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade by working with agency chief sustainability officers across 10 broad policy initiatives such as planning, accountability and life cycle cost effectiveness.

As head of OGP, Harada focused on sustainability issues across GSA’s portfolio, including acquisition and buildings, as well as management efficiencies.

Before joining the government, Harada worked at the Boston Consulting Group, Booz Allen Hamilton and Lockheed Martin during her career.

Harada becomes third GSA senior executive to leave in the last month. Martha Dorris and Mark Day retired in October.

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