New GSA administrator answers the call -- literally
Talk about phoning it in! Newly minted General Services Administrator Martha N. Johnson was formally sworn into office on Sunday evening -- by telephone.
Acting Administrator Steve Leeds called Johnson at her Annapolis home and administered the oath of office, the agency said Tuesday. Johnson's husband, Steve, served as the official witness.
The oath-of-office-by-phone is perfectly legal and was necessary because of the weekend snowstorm, the agency said.
The inclement weather has delayed Johnson's ceremonial swearing-in and her town hall forum with employees until 2 p.m. next Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the agency's downtown Washington headquarters.
Johnson was confirmed by the Senate last week after an eight-month delay. Leeds has returned to his role as the agency's senior counselor after serving as GSA's fourth acting administrator in the last two years.
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