GSA Administrator Who Shielded Trump Secures New University Job To Share Her Insights On Government Contracting

Emily Murphy, who protected Donald Trump as head of the General Services Administration from 2017 to 2021, landed a position last month at George Mason University, where she will share her insights on government-contracting issues. 

“Like all senior fellows, she will be doing writing and research—from short research briefs to commentary pieces—on major government-contracting issues,” said the center’s executive director, Jerry McGinnMurphy’s new position was first reported by FCW.

Murphy knows something about major government-contracting issues. In March 2017, before she took office, a contracting officer at the GSA declared that the Trump Organization was in compliance with the lease it signed with the federal government, even though Trump maintained an interest in the property and the lease seemed to prohibit public officials from owning part of the lease. When Murphy took over the GSA, she stepped into the controversy.   

In a report released last week, House Democrats criticized the GSA under her leadership, citing Murphy’s refusal to comply with a subpoena to provide the panel with the hotel’s financial information. “GSA kept the American people in the dark about the poor financial health of the hotel and most importantly who was spending money at the hotel and how it might be influencing the Trump administration,” House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chair Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said in a statement. 

Murphy also attracted plenty of criticism when she refused to authorize the Biden transition team and denied it access to government resources until three weeks after the election was called. 

In addition to her new role at George Mason, Murphy is an executive coach for CEO Coaching International. She also sits on the boards of advisors for SkillStorm, which trains and staffs tech workers for commercial and federal organizations, and government contractor Vita Inclinata. 

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