Long-time public servant and technology innovator David McClure, Associate Administrator for the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration, announced his retirement April 16 in an email to staff, according to multiple sources.
McClure played a leadership role in some of GSA’s most integral public-facing efforts, promoting increased transparency and accessibility between government and the citizens it serves. Key efforts included USA.gov, the federal government’s official website, and Data.gov, the government’s open data repository. In addition, McClure’s office sought out new technologies to improve operations and service delivery.
McClure also played a role in some of GSA’s far-ranging initiatives, including the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program -- the government’s standardized approach to cloud computing; the agency’s infrastructure-as-a-service contract that allows agencies to purchase IT services as needed; and assisting the Office of Management and Budget in leading efforts to consolidate data centers across government.
Prior to joining GSA in 2009, McClure worked for Gartner Inc.’s government research team and as the vice president for e-government and technology at the Council for Excellence in Government. Both positions followed an 18-year career with the Government Accountability Office, where he reviewed information technology systems across government.
McClure was revered in the federal information technology community, earning a slew of awards, including Federal Computer Week's Federal 100 Eagle Award in 2012.
GSA officials confirmed McClure’s retirement, noting that he plans to take time off to travel before exploring career options in the private sector.
McClure's last day will be May 31.
This story has been updated with comment from GSA and more information about McClure’s role.