Dave McClure to leave GSA

2011_05_davemcclure Dave McClure, associate administrator for the Office of Citizen Services & Innovative Technologies, GSA.
(File photo: FedScoop)

David McClure, associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration, is leaving government.

McClure made the announcement in an email to employees April 16, and an official at GSA confirmed his departure to FedScoop.


McClure’s career spans more than 25 years of working to improve government and its technological processes. McClure came to GSA as associate administrator of OCSIT in 2009, and has played a role in helping to shape several governmentwide projects such as GSA’s Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program, known as FedRAMP, as well as

Casey Coleman, former GSA CIO worked closely with McClure during her tenure as CIO, and said he has helped establish very high standards for the agency.

“Dave is someone who is smart as far as knowing the technology in the field, and smart in terms of being able to work very effectively with people,” Coleman told FedScoop. “He can take a complex project like FedRAMP and evolve it from an abstract concept into reality. He’s the perfect model for what an executive in this role should look like.”

Coleman, who met weekly with McClure during her time working at GSA, said his impact on the federal government and GSA will be felt for a very long time.

“Since Dave McClure joined GSA, he has played an invaluable role in making this agency a leader in digital innovation for the entire federal government,” GSA Administrator Daniel Tangherlini said. “He has left a strong foundation that everyone at GSA, and the entire federal government, can build on in the years to come.”


Prior to joining GSA, McClure served as managing vice president for Gartner Inc.’s government research team, He also served on the transformation, innovation and government reform transition team during the early days of President Barack Obama’s first term.

Before working at Gartner, McClure was vice president for e-government and technology at the Council for Excellence in Government. McClure also spent 18 years at the Government Accountability Office, working to review IT and major systems development throughout the federal government.

In his email to GSA colleagues, McClure said he plans to enter the private sector, but was not sure where or in what capacity. His last day will be May 31.

Meanwhile, Tangherlini said he plans to conduct an executive search for McClure’s replacement. Kathy Conrad, principal deputy associate administrator at OCSIT, will serve as acting associate administrator if a replacement cannot be found before McClure leaves.

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