A long-time career employee will run the governmentâ€™s largest real estate provider, the General Services Administration announced Monday.
Anthony Costa, the Public Buildings Serviceâ€™s deputy commissioner and highest ranking career federal employee, took over on Sunday and will presumably serve as acting commissioner until the incomingÂ Obama administration names its pick to lead PBS.
As acting administrator, Costa will manage GSAâ€™s building portfolio of 8,600 leased and owned federal facilities. He takes over from political appointee, David Winstead, who ran the service since Oct. 2005. Costa previously served as acting commissioner in the two months prior to Winsteadâ€™s 2005 appointment.
Update: Winstead left GSA on Dec. 26 to return to private practice. Before joining GSA he was a Washington attorney specializing in real estate, public law and procurement.