The White House said today that President Biden intends to nominate Robin Carnahan to become administrator of the General Services Administration (GSA).

If confirmed by the Senate, Carnahan would take over the reins from Katy Kale, a former GSA chief of staff who was named deputy administrator of the agency in January, and who since then has been its acting administrator.

Carnahan was the founder and director from 2016 to 2020 of the State and Local Practice of GSA’s 18F organization, which functions as a technology and design consultancy within the Federal government and partners with Federal agencies to improve user experience of government services.

She is also a former Missouri Secretary of State and most recently has been a fellow at Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, where she co-founded the organization’s State Software Collaborative.

Carnahan has served a ten-year stint on the board of directors of the National Democratic Institute, and from 2013 to 2015 was a senior advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group.

“At GSA, Carnahan helped federal, state and local government agencies improve customer-facing digital services and cut costs,” the White House said in announcing the nomination. “In particular, she taught and empowered non-technical executives about how to reduce risk and deliver better results for the public by more effectively budgeting, procuring, implementing, and overseeing digital modernization projects,” the White House said.

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John Curran is MeriTalk's Managing Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.